THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - By JAY SOLOMON WASHINGTON—The U.S. for the first time formally accused Iran of forging an agreement with al Qaeda, helping operatives move money, arms and fighters through Iranian territory to the terrorist group's bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The U.S. Treasury Department outlined on Thursday what it said was an extensive fund-raising operation devised by al Qaeda that utilizes Iran-based operatives and draws from donors in oil-rich Persian Gulf countries such as Kuwait and Qatar.

 

The Treasury said it had sanctioned six al Qaeda members for allegedly overseeing this network. The network's head, Syrian-national Ezedin Abdul Aziz Khalil, is based in Iran and has been operating there under an agreement with Iranian authorities since 2005, according to senior U.S. officials.

"Khalil moves money and recruits from across the Middle East into Iran, then on to Pakistan for the benefit of al Qaeda's senior leaders," the U.S. Treasury Department said in a written statement.

U.S. officials alleged Mr. Khalil requires all operatives transiting through Iran to deliver the equivalent of $10,000 to al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. The officials also said that Mr. Khalil has worked closely with Iranian authorities to secure the release of al Qaeda militants held in Iranian prisons who are then returned to Pakistan-based camps.

"By exposing Iran's secret deal with al Qaeda allowing it to funnel funds and operatives through its territory, we are illuminating yet another aspect of Iran's unmatched support for terrorism," David Cohen, the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said on Thursday.

Officials at the Iranian mission in New York were unavailable to comment early Thursday. Tehran in the past has denied any support for al Qaeda or the Taliban and has said it has worked to arrest al Qaeda fighters fleeing into its territory.

For original U.S. Treasury Department document click here

GRAND GATHERING FOR A FREE IRAN

Solidarity with the historic resistance of the people of Iran for freedom

Iran news in brief

Maryam Rajavi in the grand gathering of Free Iran- paris, July 1,2017

Free Iran Gathering - Paris, 1 July, 2017

IRAN: Ali Fallahian’s shocking Confessions regarding 1988 massacre of political prisoners

Maryam Rajavi paying tribute to the Resistance’s martyrs at the FreeIran Gathering

#FreeIran Gathering in the Eyes of the World Dignitaries

Speech by Pandeli Majko in the Free Iran Gathering July 2017 in Paris

NCRI Foreign Affairs Chair: Regime Is Much Weaker, More Divided After the Sham Election

Alireza Jafarzadeh press conference on Iran missile program 20June2017

Violent attack of regime’s police forces on protesting gold miners in the North West of Iran

SENATOR MCCAIN VISITS PMOI MEMBERS IN TIRANA

NCRI Revelation: Activities Continue at Organization Responsible for Work on Nuclear Weapons

Iran Election Results Are a Fraud

1988 massacre in Iran

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO MAKE THE MASSACRE A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

NCRIUS Revealing IRGC Terrorist Training Camps in Iran 14 Feb 2017

Iran: Tehran's Iconic High-Rise (Plasco Building) Collapsed Due to Fire

Maryam Rajavi at the French National Assembly- 17 Jan 2017

Iran: Protest In Mashhad against Credit Institutions, 6 June 2017

Iran: Thousands Protest In Tehran against Credit Institutions, 6 June 2017

The untold story of the 1988 Massacre in Iran

MARYAM RAJAVI'S SPEECH ON NOWRUZ IN THE PMOI GATHERING

How Iran's Revolutionary Guards Financial Empire Funds Terrorism

Donate
donation


Assist us in our campaign for
freedom, democracy and human rights

Read more...

Amount:

NCRi on Twitter