Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Zarif: 9/11 Terrorists Came from Pompeo’s Favorite ME Destinations, NONE from Iran – Al-Manar TV Lebanon

Terrorists Came from Pompeo’s Favorite ME Destinations

The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, blasted the US Secretary of State, Mike Pomeo, for accusing Iran of having ties with Al-Qaeda militant group, describing his claims as fictitious.
Zarif stressed, via Twitter, that all the 9/11 terrorists came from Pompeo‘s favorite ME destinations, not from Iran.

What follows is the text of Zarif’s tweet:
From designating Cuba to fictitious Iran “declassifications” and AQ claims, Mr. “we lie, cheat, steal” is pathetically ending his disastrous career with more warmongering lies. No one is fooled. All 9/11 terrorists came from Pompeo‘s favorite ME destinations; NONE from Iran.

Source: Al-Manar English Website


  1. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday al-Qaeda has a new home base in Iran, though he offered no evidence in a speech in Washington, DC, a claim Iran immediately rebuffed.

    Pompeo said al-Qaeda had centralised its leadership inside Tehran and that deputies of leader Ayman al-Zawahiri are currently there.

    He added that ties between Tehran and al-Qaeda began to vastly improve in 2015, when the Obama administration, along with France, Germany and Britain, were finalising the nuclear deal Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark accord signed that saw Iran limit its nuclear enrichment in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions.

    Shia-ruled Iran and predominantly Sunni al-Qaeda have long been considered foes in the region, and while there has been reporting of al-Qaeda operatives using Iranian territory, claims of heightened coordination have previously been met with scepticism within the intelligence community and Congress.

    “Al-Qaeda has a new home base. It is the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Pompeo said in a speech at the National Press Club.

    1. Pompeo’s statements could represent an escalation in the US’s ability to use force against Iran.

      US legislation, the 2001 Authorisation of Use of Military Force (AUMF), allows US forces to pursue al-Qaeda anywhere in the world, meaning Pompeo’s claim could allow the Trump administration to say it already had Congressional approval for an attack on Iran under that authorisation if al-Qaeda were proved to be on Iranian territory.

      The US Congress, following the January 2020 assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, passed a resolution that would have required the president to seek Congressional authorisation before taking military action against Iran, which Trump vetoed in May.


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