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Desperate attempts

Strange findings were concluded by recent study conducted by the New America Foundation on the relationship between Iran and Al-Qaeda. It is a relationship that does not need further evidence to prove it by Iran's all possible support for the leaders of this organization as well as shelter for them and their families.

The study came in the midst of fierce propaganda campaigns ahead of midterm elections in the United States. The study's results cast doubt on the attitude of the administration of Republican President Donald Trump, and siding with the attitude of his Democratic opponents whose last representative at the White House gave the Iranian regime the nuclear deal document.

Despite the large amount of information touched upon by the study, it all serve the interest of Iran by insisting that mutual suspicion governed Tehran's relationship with the terrorist organization, a matter which prompted Iran – according to the study - to prevent Al-Qaeda members from leaving the country after the US invasion of Iraq.

The study, which comes in the context of improving the image of Iran, claimed that Tehran did not feel at ease about the idea of the existence of militants on its territory, and initially tried to move lots of them as possible to a third country. Yet, it did not address this state or the purpose of moving terrorists to its lands.

Iran's denial of any connection to Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups is not a new phenomenon. However, it seems to have taken a different course through a public relations campaign in Western countries against the economic sanctions, and pressure on President Trump's administration to show that his hostility to Iran is the only reason for accusations about Iran's relations with terrorism.

The contradictions of the study do not seem to be difficult to refute. Hundreds of first and second rank leaders of Al-Qaeda have become guests of the mullahs' regime after fleeing Afghanistan. According to evidence and documents that the study refrained from addressing, their residency was not for tourism or looking for work in the mountains of Iran, but managed terrorist operations targeting the US interests and the neighboring countries, as well as overseeing the supply of terrorist organizations, topped by Al-Nusra Front and Da'ash in Iraq and Syria with hundreds of fighters.

Over the years following the Khomeini revolution, Iran has turned into an axis in which all the agendas of evil in the region intersect. Despite doctrinal and formal differences among the terrorist organizations supported by the Wilayat al-Faqih regime, it has succeeded in enlisting them to serve its interests of drowning the Middle East in chaos and exhausting its states with crises and unrest, so that Iran would be the only force in the region and West and the East would find it only to be the guardian over it.

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