Skip to comments.Bin Laden son Saad hiding in Iran, not Syria
Posted on 08/13/2006 11:52:03 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Tehran, Aug. 13: One of Osama bin Ladens sons, Saad, together with a number of top Al Qaeda commanders, including Seif al Adel, are hiding in Iran and are not in Syria as reported by several Western papers this week, a well informed source said. The source, a top Iranian intelligence official until a few months ago, said Al Qaeda and members of Irans powerful Revolutionary Guard, the Pasdaran, are negotiating coordinated actions against the United States and Israel.
The Al Qaeda members had been living for the past four years in a neighbourhood in northern Tehran under the surveillance of Irans revolutionary guards corps, the Pasdaran, but were recently moved to a military base 80 km south-west of the capital, along the road to the holy city of Qum.
The source said that Saad bin-Laden doesnt need take unnecessary risks and move to Syria to organise militants to send to Lebanon to fight against the Israelis alongside the Shia Hezbollah militias.
According to the same source, the death of the former leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi , who was killed in a US air raid on 7 June and was known for his hatred of Shia Muslims, paved the way for talks on a "tactical cooperation" between the Pasdaran and a significant part of the predominantly Sunni Al Qaeda organisation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri.
"The decision to transfer of Saad bin Laden and of other leading members of Al Qaeda to this military base managed by the al Quds battallion of the Pasdaran was taken to make it easier for members of the militant group and the army to meet," the source said.
The latest statement by Ayman al-Zawahiri aired on 27 July by al-Jazeera was considered by many analysts an unprecedented step by Al Qaedas number two, towards Shia movements. In the message, Zawahiri praised Hezbollah and called on Sunni Muslims to fight with the soldiers of the groups leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.
However, the source said that the message was a consequence of dialogue started after the death of al-Zaerqawi. "The statements made by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Israel and Jews and the threats of Pasdaran top officials against the Americans and British, the campaign of Iranian papers against the presence of foreign troops in Iraq facilitated negotiations with Al Qaedas men," the source said.
The same source expressed the belief that ideological and theological divergences between the Iranians and Al Qaeda remain but the needs dictated by current events prevailed and forced the radical Shia to seek an accord with the terror group.
"Grassroots members of both groups will probably not welcome an accord though an agreement is key for both if they mean to strike the common enemy with terror actions," the source added.
"The Islamic Republic has the advantages and the limits of a state sitting in international organisations but needs an organisation able to do the dirty work while Al Qaeda needs the cover of a government, though it has overhauled its organisation," the source said.
The Iranian source however denied reports alleging that Iran, which is believed to arm Hezbollah with Syria, needs Al Qaeda to support Hezbollahs fight against Israel.
"Providing Nasrallah with the support of Al Qaeda would destroy the myth of Hezbollahs invincibility," the source said. "Iran will use Palestinian militants if the Shia militants needs help, further strengthening ties with Hamas, an alliance which has added value on a political level," the source added.
Nasrallah getting his a** handed to him by the IDF, al Qaeda bigwigs cowering in Iran begging the Shia for protection... Who says the WOT isn't going well?
The keyword is "hiding."