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  • Mainstream Media Caught In Snarl Of Tangled Benghazi Yarns

    11/20/2012 3:00:10 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/19/2012 @ 9:55AM |15,430 views | Larry Bell
    Tightly spun accounts of when and what the president and top administration officials knew and did prior to, during and following the deadly 9/11 terrorist attack on our Benghazi consulate are unraveling at warp speed. While the mainstream media has previously ignored the entire debacle, don’t necessarily expect that selective indifference to continue.  Now, with the election over and their candidate victorious, the seductive allure of key party sex and security scandals are already becoming irresistible news features. As Congressional investigations and a rising torrent of informed leaks continue to reveal disturbing new information, there are some major questions that...
  • What’s Going On in Azerbaijan? The Iran-al Qaeda alliance.

    04/27/2012 10:52:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 7, 2012 | Thomas Joscelyn
    On April 18, just days after a U.S.-led coalition wrapped up the first round of renewed nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Republic of Azerbaijan made an announcement. In a statement released online, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of National Security said it had “conducted large-scale special operations” to disband a terrorist cell of about 20 al Qaeda-linked operatives. The alleged terrorists reportedly had plans to attack “shrines, mosques, and prayer houses” in addition to “law-enforcement agencies.” Their intent, according to Azerbaijani officials, was “to create [an] atmosphere of .  .  . confusion and horror among the population.” Al Qaeda has operated in Azerbai-jan since the...
  • Iran-Hezb'allah: 'They Already Hit the Homeland 10˝ Years Ago'

    03/27/2012 12:16:26 PM PDT · by WPaCon · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/27/2012 | Clare M. Lopez
    At the mid-March 2012 congressional hearings on the "Iran-Hezb'allah Threat to the Homeland," chaired by Representative Peter King, top officials from the DEA, the FBI, and the New York City Police Department, as well as senior scholars addressed the alarming capability and motivation of this Axis of Jihad to strike inside the U.S. Critical and timely, this was the latest in a series of hearings that Rep. King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has held to focus attention on the deadly threat to America's national security from the forces of Islamic jihad and sharia. There was an unmentioned...
  • Federal judge: Iran shares responsibility for 9/11 terror attacks

    12/17/2011 5:59:21 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 40 replies · 1+ views
    DAILY CALLER ^ | Published: 2:26 PM 12/16/2011 | Kenneth Timmermen
    NEW YORK — In an historic hearing in the federal courthouse in Manhattan on Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels said he planned to issue a ruling in the coming days declaring that Iran shares in the responsibility for the 9/11 terror attacks. “The extensive record submitted to this court, including fact witnesses and expert testimony, is satisfactory to this court,” Judge Daniels said. The court “accepts as true” the various allegations of the plaintiffs and their experts, he declared, and “will issue an order” in the coming days that Iran bears legal responsibility for providing “material support” to...
  • Germany: September 11 Accused Got Training in Iran - Defector

    01/30/2004 10:33:00 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 483+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 31 2004 | Philip Blenkinsop
    HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A Moroccan accused of helping the September 11 suicide hijackers received training in encryption techniques at an al Qaeda camp in Iran in 1997, an Iranian defector said on Friday. But his testimony to a German court was promptly undercut by comments from Germany's intelligence services, who questioned his credibility and said his evidence was worth very little. Hamid Reza Zakeri, the cover name of a man who says he worked in Iranian intelligence and defected in 2001, was testifying toward the end of Germany's second major trial of suspected members of al Qaeda's Hamburg cell....
  • Man Acquitted of 9/11 Charges [Judge: Trial hurt by U.S. refusals on evidence]

    02/06/2004 2:02:57 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 5 replies · 171+ views
    February 6, 2004 | THE WASHINGTON POST
    Hamburg, Germany - A Moroccan man accused of helping set up the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, was acquitted yesterday by a Hamburg court whose chief judge said the trial had been seriously complicated by lack of access to intelligence agency files and al-Qaida members in U.S. custody. Defendant Abdelghani Mzoudi was found not guilty "even though intelligence services may have information against him," chief judge Klaus Ruehle said. "One of the main problems in this trial was that it was not possible to get files from intelligence services." snip Mzoudi is only the second person anywhere to be tried...
  • Germany Delays 9/11 Verdict, New Witness Found

    01/21/2004 9:18:50 AM PST · by knighthawk · 83 replies · 3,034+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 21 2004 | Philip Blenkinsop
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court postponed on Wednesday the verdict on a Moroccan accused of aiding the Sept. 11 attackers after prosecutors said they had found a new witness, casting doubt on his expected acquittal. The Hamburg court where Abdelghani Mzoudi is on trial said that the verdict would not now be issued Thursday as expected after a request from prosecutors to hear evidence from two police officials about a new witness. "Federal prosecutors sent to the court today a substantial transcript dated January 19 regarding the questioning of a witness whose reliability is guaranteed and who would incriminate...
  • The Hidden Hand (Very good piece on Iran's support of alQaeda)

    08/19/2011 6:43:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | STEPHEN F. HAYES & THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The Obama administration finally highlights Iran’s key role in supporting al Qaeda On July 28, the Treasury Department designated six al Qaeda operatives involved in shipping money and men from the Persian Gulf to senior al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The move targets a node of the global terror network that is critical to its overall strength, freezing any of its financial assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting any transactions with the operatives. Of the many conduits for al Qaeda funds and personnel across the world, the U.S. government believes this one is the most important. “This network...
  • The Iran-9/11 Connection

    05/23/2011 3:49:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Daily Beast via Yahoo ^ | May 23, 2011 | Phillip Shenon
    A new lawsuit raises the possibility of Tehran's complicity in al Qaeda's infamous attacks. Philip Shenon reports fresh details on who will testify—and the mysteries they could unlock. With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks looming, a federal lawsuit in Manhattan offers the possibility of resolving a central mystery about the attacks: Was Iran involved? Former investigators on the 9/11 Commission, which uncovered tantalizing but inconclusive evidence of Tehran's ties to the plot, tell The Daily Beast they welcome the lawsuit, because they believe the U.S. government has done little to follow up on the commission's evidence of Iranian...
  • Tony Blair Testimony To Iraq War Inquiry – The Influence Of Iran

    01/21/2011 4:59:45 PM PST · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-21-11 | Curt
    Former British PM Tony Blair testified in front of another Iraq inquiry today and for the second time this year he testified about the very real danger of Iran and al-Qaeda working together. Of course the storyline by the British papers, the biased MSM, and the lefty blogosphere, is regarding the regret offered by Blair over the loss of life: At the end of his evidence this afternoon he said it had never been his meaning. "Of course I regret deeply and profoundly the loss of life," I'm sure everyone else would cheer the loss of life huh? I...
  • The Iran-al-Qaeda Conundrum

    01/23/2009 11:05:27 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 192+ views
    WASHINGTON INSTITUTE.org ^ | January 23, 2009 | By Matthew Levitt and Michael Jacobson
    During the designation announcement, Treasury undersecretary Stuart Levey noted, "It is important that Iran give a public accounting of how it is meeting its international obligations to constrain al-Qaeda." For the Obama administration, understanding the complicated relationship between Iran and al-Qaeda will be key as Washington begins to forge a new path in dealing with Tehran. Iran's Ties to al-Qaeda Before September 11 Links between al-Qaeda and Iran are not new and have developed over time. Ties between the two first blossomed during the early 1990s when al-Qaeda was based in Sudan. Hasan al-Turabi, the leader of Sudan's National Islamic...
  • U.S. Treasury: Al-Qaida Worked Closely With Iran

    01/19/2009 3:54:19 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies · 879+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 19, 2009 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    n an unusual last-minute act before the new administration takes over the reins, acting Treasury Secretary Stuart A. Levy’s former office issued a stunning report on Friday, laying out long-standing ties between Iran and the top leadership of al-Qaida. As undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence since that job was created in July 2004, Levy spearheaded the Treasury Department’s efforts to take the war on international terrorists to the financial battlefield, by denying individual terrorists and terrorist-support states such as Iran access to international financial markets. Less known, until last Friday, was Levy’s involvement in tracking down fugitive al-Qaida members...
  • Kuwait urges Iran 'not to harbour terrorists'

    09/27/2008 7:47:46 AM PDT · by Flavius · 5 replies · 341+ views
    afp ^ | 9/26/08 | afp
    Kuwait's interior minister urged Iran in remarks published on Saturday not to provide a safe haven for "terrorists" but said there was no proof of claims that Tehran has sleeper cells in his country. "Iran should not serve as a haven for, or bankroller of, terror," Sheikh Jaber Khaled al-Sabah was quoted as telling the Saudi daily Okaz. It said Sheikh Jaber called on Iran "not to harbour terrorists from Al-Qaeda and not to serve as a launchpad or safe passage for terrorists."
  • Why no al-Qaeda attacks against Israel or Iran? (Vanity)

    04/12/2008 6:46:43 AM PDT · by harwood · 10 replies · 65+ views
    This has been bugging me for some time. I have my own opinions, but I'd like to hear others. With respect to Israel, I believe AQ realizes that a major terrorist act would lead to the Israeli military opening up a major can of whoop-ass on a few neighboring countries. As for Iran, there's certainly reason for them to be hit. There's just about as much anti-Iranian rants as there are anti "Zionist" ones on the jihadi forums. My best guess is that the Iranians are holding some high-level AQ members hostage.
  • The Al Qaeda-Iran axis has been beaten in Iraq [THE SHIA ANTI-IRAN ALLIANCE]

    12/07/2007 10:48:03 PM PST · by shield · 93 replies · 168+ views
    Brook News ^ | November 26th, 2007 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    TTPers (To The Point News) have known for many moons now that the American military is winning a tremendous victory in Iraq. This week, Tony Blankley and Jack Kelly provide updates in Declaring Victory and Declaring Defeat. The media is finally and begrudgingly acknowledging the reality of victory. So far, however, the focus has been entirely on the defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Yet this has been a two-front war, a war to terrorize and destabilize Iraq waged not just by AQI, but by Iran. Now we learn that not only is terrorist violence vanishing in Sunni regions...
  • Iran Harbors Top Al Qaida Leaders In Safe Houses, At Base near Teheran

    07/31/2007 5:11:02 PM PDT · by hardback · 27 replies · 1,417+ views
    Geostrategy Direct Newsletter ^ | August 1st 2007 GMT | Bill Gertz-Washington Times Pentagon Reporter
    Iran harbors top Al Qaida leaders in safe houses, at base near Teheran WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been working with Al Qaida leaders in Iran to plan attacks against the United States. They said that from virtual house arrest in 2004, Iran has enabled the son of Al Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden and other top agents to plan operations and policy. Al Qaida's leadership has been coopted by Iran and constitutes an option for a major strike either in the Middle East or even the United States, an...
  • Iran Is Found To Be a Lair of Al Qaeda: Intelligence Estimate Cites Two Councils

    07/16/2007 8:50:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,593+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | July 17, 2007 | Eli Lake
    One of two known Al Qaeda leadership councils meets regularly in eastern Iran, where the American intelligence community believes dozens of senior Al Qaeda leaders have reconstituted a good part of the terror conglomerate's senior leadership structure. That is a consensus judgment from a final working draft of a new National Intelligence Estimate, titled "The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland," on the organization that attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The estimate, which represents the opinion of America's intelligence agencies, is now finished, and unclassified conclusions will be shared today with the public. The classified document...
  • Al-Qaeda linked to operations from Iran

    07/06/2007 6:19:21 PM PDT · by RDTF · 12 replies · 586+ views
    Financial Times via Drudge Report ^ | July 6, 2007 | Stephen Fidler in London
    Evidence that Iranian territory is being used as a base by al-Qaeda to help in terrorist operations in Iraq and elsewhere is growing, say western officials. It is not clear how much the al-Qaeda operation, described by one official as a money and communications hub, is being tolerated or encouraged by the Iranian government, they said. The group’s operatives, who link the al-Qaeda leadership in Pakistan with their disciples in Iraq, the Levant and North Africa, move with relative freedom in the country, they said. The officials said the creation of some kind of al-Qaeda hub in Iran appears to...
  • Report Puts Al Qaeda No. 3 in Iran

    06/04/2007 9:52:26 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 15 replies · 765+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 6/4/07
    WASHINGTON — With America warming to new negotiations with Iran, a recent report by counterterrorism experts at West Point suggests that, between 2001 and 2005, Iran harbored Al Qaeda's third-ranking official and director of military operations, and that he could still be operating there today. The disclosures in last month's report, " Al Qaeda's (mis)Adventures in the Horn of Africa," from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, are the first official government documents to acknowledge that Saif al-Adel, who is one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists, was inside Iran. Based in part on captured documents that were funneled...
  • Congress worried over Iranian-Al Qaida link

    03/31/2006 11:49:31 PM PST · by Wiz · 17 replies · 470+ views
    WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The U.S. intelligence community has briefed Congress on the increasing cooperation between Iran and Al Qaida. Congressional sources said congressional committees have been told that Teheran has sought to use Al Qaida in any Iranian war with the United States. The sources said Iran has harbored leading Al Qaida operatives and enabled them to plan major attacks that would be launched upon Teheran's approval. "Teheran has been seeking a range of terrorist options against the United States in case it strikes Iran's nuclear weapons facilities," a congressional source said. "Al Qaida has played a role in these...
  • US turns attention to al-Qaeda in Iran

    03/21/2006 10:29:35 AM PST · by IrishMike · 24 replies · 756+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | March 22, 2006 | Josh Meyer
    AMERICAN intelligence officials, already focused on Iran's potential for building nuclear weapons, are struggling to solve a more immediate mystery: the relationship between the Tehran leadership and a contingent of al-Qaeda leaders living in the country. Some officials, citing highly classified electronic eavesdropping, believe Iran is hosting much of al-Qaeda's remaining brains trust and allowing the senior operatives freedom to communicate and help plan the terrorist network's operations. They suggest the President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, may be forging an alliance with al-Qaeda operatives as a way to expand Iran's influence or, at least, that he is looking the other way as...
  • Cheney does not believe in close ties between Iran, Al-Qaeda

    01/20/2006 10:16:08 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 33 replies · 991+ views
    AFP ^ | January 21 2006
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Vice President Dick Cheney has said he does not believe there are close relations between Iran and Al-Qaeda, seeming to distance himself from some earlier US administration charges. "I think you've got to remember that the Al-Qaeda organization is primarily made up of radical Sunni Islamists, of course, and the Iranian regime is Shia-dominated -- Shia. So there's not a natural fit there," Cheney said in a telephone interview with the Hugh Hewitt Show, released by the White House. "That doesn't mean that there haven't been relationships over the years, but I don't believe it's close....
  • The Iran-al Qaeda Axis

    10/31/2005 11:50:06 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 587+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | November 1, 2005 | Peter Brookes
    The most immediate threat Iran poses to American national security isn't its nuclear (weapons) program. It's the safe haven Tehran is giving al Qaeda terrorists, who are planning and directing jihad across the globe.If the United States and its allies in the War on Terror don't take firm action against Iranian support to al Qaeda, the price in blood and treasure attributable to Osama bin Laden's killers — in Iraq and elsewhere — will continue to soar.Shockingly, it's been long forgotten that Iran became home to some of al Qaeda's most wanted after the fall 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. Tehran...
  • Iran Harboring 25 Al-Qaeda Bigs

    10/30/2005 10:10:00 AM PST · by ddtorquee · 12 replies · 864+ views
    At least 25 high-ranking al Qaeda members — including three of Osama bin Laden's sons — are reportedly living free in Iran and beyond the grasp of the U.S. military, it was reported yesterday. "This is not incarceration or house arrest," a Western intelligence agent was quoted as saying by the German monthly Cicero. "They can move around as they please." Saad bin Laden, who is said to be his father's successor, has been reported to be living in Iran. The Cicero report claims two other sons — Mohammad and Othman — are also harbored there...
  • Report: Iran Has Tried Arrested Al Qaeda Members

    12/06/2004 9:02:45 AM PST · by Coop · 27 replies · 943+ views
    Reuters/ABC News ^ | 12/6/04 | Unknown
    Dec 6, 2004 — TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's judiciary has tried a number of arrested al Qaeda members and verdicts have been issued, a senior judiciary official was quoted as saying on Monday. Tehran Justice Department head Abbasali Alizadeh told the semi-official Fars news agency Iran's "high-ranking officials are satisfied with the issued verdicts," but did not elaborate on what the verdicts had been. News of the trials is likely to anger Washington, which has repeatedly called on Iran to hand over all al Qaeda suspects it is holding. Guilty verdicts sentencing them to long jail terms would make that...
  • Bo Dietl: 'Hundreds' of Al Qaida Fled to Iraq After 9/11

    08/02/2004 1:17:58 PM PDT · by LifeTrek · 29 replies · 2,014+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 08/02/2004 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    "Hundreds" of al Qaida operatives based in Afghanistan gained sanctuary in Iraq and Iran after the Taliban fell in Dec. 2001, according to legendary New York City detective-turned-international security expert Bo Dietl. Dietl first revealed the startling tidbit on Don Imus's Monday morning radio broadcast, sourcing an active duty Navy Seal who told him that U.S. Special Forces had tracked "hundreds of al Qaida who had fled to Iraq." We tracked Dietl down a few hours later and he elaborated on what the unnamed Navy Seal said. "He starts to tell me about how, right after 9/11, they took them...
  • Iran a refuge for al-Qaida, European investigators say

    08/02/2004 12:54:21 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 5 replies · 260+ views
    Los Angeles Times via Seattle Times ^ | August 2, 2004 | Sebastian Rotella
    PARIS — Despite its periodic crackdowns on the terror network, Iran has served as a refuge for al-Qaida operatives suspected of plotting attacks in Europe and the Middle East and of playing a central role in the Iraqi insurgency, European anti-terror investigators say. Investigations in France, Italy, Spain and other countries since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks point to an increasing presence in Iran of al-Qaida figures, including the suspected masterminds of this year's train bombings in Madrid and last year's car bombings of expatriate compounds in Saudi Arabia. But Iran's complex politics and secretive policies have made it difficult...
  • Iran helping Al Qaeda Avoid US Intelligence Monitors

    07/25/2004 2:04:53 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 1 replies · 749+ views
    News Ignored ^ | 7.25.2004 | Gary Metz
    (USA) Al Qaeda is able to avoid US intelligence efforts to monitor their electronic communications with the help of Iran. The UK online news site, Telegraph.co.uk, in an interview with a Jamil Yousif, a former Pakistani police investigator, has learned that Al Qaeda and associated terrorists “are hiding near the Pakistan-Afghan border. They have sophisticated satellite phones which enable them to use Iranian land phone lines to log on to the internet. "They are using land lines in one country and hiding in another, which enables them to dodge the security agencies." Iran has long admitted to having an Al...
  • More Evidence of an Iran-Al Qaeda Connection

    07/23/2004 9:16:43 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 364+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 23, 2004
    More Evidence of an Iran-Al Qaeda Connection A top terror operative made a Tehran visit while planning the 9/11 attacks, NEWSWEEK has learned. By Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball Newsweek Updated: 6:23 p.m. ET July 23, 2004 July 21 - Just eight months before the September 11 terror attacks, top conspirator Ramzi bin al-Shibh received a four-week visa to Iran and then flew to Tehran—an apparent stop-off point on his way to meet with Al Qaeda chiefs in Afghanistan, according to law-enforcement documents obtained by NEWSWEEK. German government documents showing the previously undisclosed trip by bin al-Shibh, a captured Al...
  • 9/11 Report Concludes al-Qaeda Had Deeper Relations with the Islamic Republic than with Iraq

    07/21/2004 9:24:15 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 4 replies · 257+ views
    RF ^ | 7/21/04 | RF
    The final report by the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, concludes that al-Qaeda’s relationship with Iran and its client, the Hezbollah militant group, was far deeper and more long-standing than its links with Iraq, which never established operational ties with the terrorist group, Dan Eggen and Mike Allen write in the Washington Post,” quoting officials familiar with the report, which is expected to be announced on Thursday. “Among the newest findings is evidence, disclosed in media reports this week, that as many as 10 of the Sept. 11 hijackers transited through Iran before the hijackings,” they add.
  • Bush presses Iran on al-Qaeda links

    07/19/2004 10:19:09 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 221+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | July 20, 2004 | FOREIGN STAFF
    GEORGE Bush, the United States president, turned up the heat on Iran yesterday, accusing the country’s government of harbouring al-Qaeda leaders. Mr Bush also said the US would continue to investigate whether Iran had been involved in the 11 September plot although, he said, no evidence had yet been found. "We want to know all of the facts," Mr Bush said when asked about reports that at least eight of the 19 hijackers passed through Iran before attacking the US. If the country’s government was to improve ties with Washington, the president said, it must hand over any al-Qaeda members...
  • Iran dismisses US claims it gave al-Qaeda safe haven

    07/18/2004 10:23:30 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 22 replies · 455+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | July 19, 2004 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    IRAN admitted yesterday that some al-Qaeda operatives behind the 11 September attacks may have passed through the country from Afghanistan - but dismissed as "fabrications" reports from the United States that Tehran may have facilitated the 2001 attacks. "It’s normal that five or six people may have crossed the border within a couple of months without our knowledge ... Our borders are long and it’s not possible to fully control them," Hamid Reza Asefi, a foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters. Mr Asefi was responding to an 11 September Commission report - expected on Thursday - that says Iran may have...
  • Bush: US probing possible Iran role in September 11

    07/19/2004 1:54:02 PM PDT · by unspun · 104 replies · 1,703+ views
    Yahoo News / AFP ^ | 7-19-2004 | staff
    Bush: US probing possible Iran role in September 11 2 hours, 59 minutes ago Add Politics - AFP to My Yahoo! WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush (news - web sites) said that the United States was investigating whether Iran played any role in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, amid CIA (news - web sites) skepticism of an official link. AFP Photo   "As to direct connections with September the 11th, we're digging into the facts to determine if there was one," Bush said as he met with Chilean President Ricardo Lagos in the Oval Office. His...
  • Bush says to look into Iranian role in terror attacks

    07/19/2004 2:36:25 PM PDT · by treeclimber · 8 replies · 416+ views
    chinaview.cn ^ | 7-19-04
    WASHINGTON, July 19 (Xinhuanet) -- US President George W. Bush said on Monday that the United States will continue to investigate if Iran was involved in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. "As to direct connections with September the 11th, we are digging into the facts to determine if there was one," Bush said at the photo opportunity with visiting Chilean President Ricardo Lagos in the Oval Office of the White House. "Acting (CIA) Director (John) McLaughlin said there was no direct connection between Iran and the attacks of September the 11th. We will continue to look and see if...
  • Iran general helped 9/11 plotters' transit-report

    07/19/2004 7:33:39 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 11 replies · 418+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/04 | Reuters
    DUBAI, July 19 (Reuters) - An Iranian general collaborated with al Qaeda to arrange the transit through Iran of nine of the September 11 hijackers, the Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Monday. "A general in the apparatus (Revolutionary Guard) coordinated with the number two man in al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, to provide 'safe passage' to around nine of those who carried out the attacks," the London-based paper said. It cited as its source an official in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and said Zawahri, who requested the help, had links with the general going back to the early 1990s. Iranian...
  • The Discovery of Iran: Are you sitting down? Iran is a terrorist state.

    07/19/2004 9:41:24 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 15 replies · 816+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 19, 2004 | Michael Ledeen
    The organizers of the Council on Foreign Relations special task force to promote the appeasement of Iran must be cursing their uncommonly bad luck. They scheduled a meeting in Washington today to call for increasing normalization of relations between the United States and Iran. With a fine eye for dark comedy, the Council persuaded two relics of the catastrophic Carter years to appear: Zbigniew Brzezinski and Robert Gates. The principal advocate of the policy, however, is undoubtedly the president of the Council, Richard Haas, who has long seen rapprochement with the mullahs as an "historic opportunity" for the United...
  • Iranian General Helped 9/11 Plotters

    07/19/2004 10:15:08 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 33 replies · 2,239+ views
    An Iranian general collaborated with Al Qaida to arrange the transit through Iran of nine of the September 11 hijackers, the Arabic newspaper Asarq al-Aqsat reported Monday.'A general in the Revolutionary Guard apparatus coordinated with the number two man in Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, to provide safe passage to around nine of those who carried out the attacks,' the London based newspaper said.It cited as its source an official in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and said Zawahri, who requested the help, has links going back to the general going back to the early 1990's.Iranian governmental spokesman Abdollah Ramazanzadeh challenged the...
  • 9/11 COMMISSION TIES AL QAEDA TO IRAN

    07/19/2004 8:59:25 AM PDT · by KMC1 · 14 replies · 581+ views
    WMCA-NY ^ | 7.18.2004
    NEW YORK - Just days after documenting the ties between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq, it appears the Bi-Partisan 9/11 Commission is set to release information in the report that shows extensive ties to fellow "Axis of Evil" member - Iran. Senior U.S. officials are now saying that the Commission has uncovered evidence which places eight to ten of the "musclemen", (hi-jackers that helped overpower the airplanes) from 9/11, in Iran between October of 2000 to February of 2001. The practice supposedly dates back to October of 2000 with Iranian border guards issuing specific instructions to in some cases...
  • 9/11 Panel's Report to Offer New Evidence of Iran-Qaeda Ties (Terrorist Mullahs Aided Al Qaeda!!)

    07/18/2004 10:19:42 AM PDT · by faludeh_shirazi · 9 replies · 468+ views
    NY Times/AFP ^ | July 18, 2004 | NY Times/AFP
    9/11 Panel Report Says (Terrorist Mullahs) Aided Al Qaeda!!!! July 18, 2004 Agence France-Presse The Washington Times The September 11 commission's report, due out Thursday, says Iran may have facilitated the 2001 attacks on the United States by providing eight to 10 al Qaeda hijackers with safe passage to and from training camps in Afghanistan, press reports said yesterday. Weekly magazines Time and Newsweek, in similar reports quoting congressional, commission and government sources, said Iran relaxed border controls and provided "clean" passports for the so-called "muscle hijackers" to transit Iran to and from Osama bin Laden's camps between October...
  • Isikoff: 9/11 Report Implicates Iran:The Iran Factor

    07/17/2004 12:35:53 AM PDT · by John W · 8 replies · 677+ views
    Newsweek vis MSNBC ^ | July 16, 2004 | Michael Isikoff
    In its report due next week, the September 11 commission will disclose new evidence suggesting Iranian government officials may have helped facilitate the terror attacks by providing Al Qaeda members with safe passage and “clean” passports as they traveled from Osama bin Laden’s training camps in Afghanistan through Iran, NEWSWEEK has learned.
  • September 11 commission report links Iran to 2001 al-Qaeda attacks: media

    07/17/2004 1:08:09 PM PDT · by Bobby777 · 25 replies · 811+ views
    Yahoo! News - Politics - AFP ^ | Sat, Jul 17, 2004 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The September 11 commission's report, due out Thursday, says Iran may have facilitated the 2001 attacks on the United States by providing eight to 10 al-Qaeda hijackers with safe passage to and from training camps in Afghanistan (news - web sites), US media reports said. Time and Newsweek, in similar reports quoting congressional, commission and government sources, said Iran relaxed border controls and provided "clean" passports for the so-called "muscle hijackers" to transit Iran to and from Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s camps between October 2000 and February 2001. In addition, The New York Times...
  • Iran Accused of Complicity in World Trade Center Attack!

    07/17/2004 6:42:27 PM PDT · by faludeh_shirazi · 78 replies · 1,700+ views
    Telegraph ^ | July 17, 2004 | Telegraph
    Iran Accused of Complicity in World Trade Center Attack! Iran gave free passage to up to 10 of the September 11 hijackers just months before the 2001 attacks and offered to co-operate with al-Qa'eda against the US, an American report will say this week. The all-party report by the 9/11 Commission, set up by Congress in 2002, will state that Iran, not Iraq, fostered relations with the al-Qa'eda network in the years leading up to the world's most devastating terrorist attack. The bipartisan commission has established that between eight and 10 of the September 11 hijackers, who had been based...
  • 9/11 Panel's Report to Offer New Evidence of Iran-Qaeda Ties (NYT)

    07/17/2004 6:33:22 PM PDT · by True Capitalist · 14 replies · 645+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 18, 2004 | PHILIP SHENON
    9/11 Panel's Report to Offer New Evidence of Iran-Qaeda Ties By PHILIP SHENON Published: July 18, 2004 The final report of the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks will offer new evidence of cooperative ties between Iran and Al Qaeda, including information drawn from intelligence reports suggesting that Iran provided several of the hijackers with safe passage in the year before the attacks, government officials said yesterday. The officials emphasized that the commission had no evidence to suggest that Iranian officials knew of the Sept. 11 plot. But they said the evidence raised new questions about why the Bush administration...
  • Iran's 9/11 role revealed: reports

    07/17/2004 12:47:19 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 8 replies · 524+ views
    News.com ^ | 7/18/04 | News.com
    THE September 11 commission's report, due out Thursday, says Iran may have facilitated the 2001 attacks by providing eight to 10 al-Qaeda hijackers with safe passage to and from training camps in Afghanistan, according to media reports today. Time and Newsweek produced similar reports quoting congressional, commission and government sources. They said Iran relaxed border controls and provided "clean" passports for the so-called "muscle hijackers" to transit Iran to and from Osama bin Laden's camps between October 2000 and February 2001. According to Time, the commission's report says Iran at one point proposed collaborating with al-Qaeda on attacks against America,...
  • Now America accuses Iran of complicity in World Trade Center attack

    07/17/2004 4:53:20 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 75 replies · 1,959+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | July 18, 2004 | Julian Coman
    Iran gave free passage to up to 10 of the September 11 hijackers just months before the 2001 attacks and offered to co-operate with al-Qa'eda against the US, an American report will say this week. The all-party report by the 9/11 Commission, set up by Congress in 2002, will state that Iran, not Iraq, fostered relations with the al-Qa'eda network in the years leading up to the world's most devastating terrorist attack. The bipartisan commission has established that between eight and 10 of the September 11 hijackers, who had been based in Afghanistan, travelled through Iran between October 2000 and...
  • 9/11 Commission Finds Ties Between al-Qaeda and Iran

    07/16/2004 7:01:41 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 75 replies · 2,870+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | July 16, 2004 | ADAM ZAGORIN AND JOE KLEIN
    Senior U.S. officials have told TIME that the 9/11 Commission's report will cite evidence suggesting that the 9/11 hijackers had previously passed through Iran  Next week's much anticipated final report by a bipartisan commission on the origins of the 9/11 attacks will contain new evidence of contacts between al-Qaeda and Iran—just weeks after the Administration has come under fire for overstating its claims of contacts between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. A senior U.S. official told TIME that the Commission has uncovered evidence suggesting that between eight and ten of the 14 "muscle" hijackers—that is, those involved in gaining control...
  • Al Qaeda and the Iranian connection

    07/16/2004 8:04:05 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 7 replies · 882+ views
    Rediff ^ | 7/16/04 | Hamid Mir
    A young man with a short beard stopped me from entering the shrine of Hazrat Imam Hussein. "You have a video camera," he said. "You need permission to shoot inside." Who is authorised to grant permission, I asked. The young man ignored the question and said that if I wanted to go in, I would have to leave my camera at the reception. I explained that as a journalist I could not operate without a camera. But that only infuriated him and he began shouting, "Go away! Go away!" I was secretly terrified, but informed him politely that I was...
  • [BREAKING]Nearly 400 Al-Qaeda Members Living in Iran

    07/15/2004 1:26:18 PM PDT · by faludeh_shirazi · 23 replies · 726+ views
    AFX ^ | Jul 15, 2004 | AFX
    [BREAKING]Nearly 400 Al-Qaeda Members Living in IranDUBAI (AFX) - Hundreds of alleged members of Al-Qaeda, including 18 of its top leaders, and other terror groups are living in Iran, some under tight security, the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported. "More than 384 members of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organisations are present in Iran, including 18 senior leaders of Osama bin Laden's network," the daily said, citing a senior source in the Iranian presidency. The Saudi-owned newspaper said the terrorist leaders were living under tight protection, some of them in villas in the Namak Abrud region, near the town of Chalous...
  • Nearly 400 Al-Qaeda Members And Other Terror Suspects In Iran: Newspaper

    07/15/2004 12:23:23 PM PDT · by Dog · 72 replies · 1,775+ views
    TurkishPress ^ | July 15 2004 | NA
    DUBAI, July 15 (AFP) - Hundreds of alleged members of Al-Qaeda, including 18 of its top leaders, and other terror groups are living in Iran, some under tight security, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported Thursday. "More than 384 members of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organisations are present in Iran, including 18 senior leaders of Osama bin Laden`s network," the London-based daily said, citing a senior source in the Iranian presidency. The Saudi-owned newspaper said the terrorist leaders were living under tight protection, some of them in villas in the Namak Abrud region, near the town of Chalous on the Caspian coast,...
  • 20 Al Qaeda Suspects in Custody in Iran - Unable to Confirm

    07/13/2004 10:31:40 AM PDT · by GVnana · 49 replies · 2,005+ views
    FOX News Alert | 7/13/2004 | televised on FOX News
    No details yet. Follows on news of Bin Laden associate from Iran/Afghan border surrenders to Saudi authorities.