New documents from Abbottabad, the Pakistani city where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was hiding out, uncovered details of deep ties between Iran’s Khomeini regime and several armed “Salafists” groups.
The US Central Intelligence Agency had seized documents in 2011 from Abbottabad that revealed ties between al-Qaeda and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The “Salafist” groups identified in the newly-exposed document include the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria, which began its operations in 1992, and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which started its operations in 1982 and reformed again in 1989 before joining al-Qaeda in 2007.
Sadat’s assassination and the success of the Iranian Revolution launched bilateral alliances between several political Islamist groups, with Lebanon’s Hezbollah and its Sunni counterparts supporting them.
Calling it an “Islamic Awakening” or “Islamic Revolution,” the allied groups devised a “pragmatic” political goal to overthrow the leaders of the Arab nations together.
Al-Qaeda’s ‘meager years’
The unidentified leader said the document was meant to clarify al-Qaeda’s relationship with Tehran following an influx of information in the media that had left their supporters confused. It also outlined how al-Qaeda leaders first developed their political strategy and when the Khomeini regime began working with other extremist Salafist “jihadi” groups.
At the time of al-Qaeda’s formation and its early years, which the document described as the “meagre years,” the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria faced strong opposition, followed by the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in 1995-1997.
The writer added, “Islamic jihadists grew more frustrated as more political groups faced opposition over the years. One of those instances was when the Sudanese government expelled members of the Muslim brotherhood, among them Sheikh Osama and his party, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and several others.”
According to the document, “Several groups traveled to other countries to find shelter for their leaders and members. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood intended to settle in Iran, where they could live freely and safely.”
According to the document, “Abu Abdullah al-Sadiq” or Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, leader of the Libyan Fighter Group and son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, pushed to form an agreement with Iran.
However, the document continued, that the Sharia Council, headed by Sheikh Abu Mundhir and Sheikh Abu Yahya, two of the most high-ranking jihadi officials with strong ties to al-Qaeda, and others insisted that the state of the group was not critical enough for them to join forces with Iran.
But the Sharia Council’s refusal to form ties with Iran did not stop the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group leaders from sending several members to Tehran, where they joined forces with other jihadists from Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
Al-Qaeda’s deep ties with Iran
The document also revealed that Hezbollah sent a representative to al-Qaeda leaders with advice to contact him and offered the group shelter.
The writer added, that “Abu Musab al-Suri,” a Syrian al-Qaeda member, also suggested he contact some of the old dignitaries that he knew from Saddam Hussein’s regime. The problem, the writer continued, was the ever-growing number of members that needed to be protected.
The first stage in Tehran
According to the document, Abu Hafs was put in charge of forming a deal with Iran to allow the “brothers” to come to the country for refuge. While the influx of Salafist jihadists was welcomed with open arms, they were asked to abide by a certain number of rules.
According to the document, the pre-arranged deal meant “the Brotherhood could not use mobile phones nor make any phone calls, because the American security services were tracking the calls. While they could rent houses, they were ordered to refrain from suspicious activities.”
The second stage in Tehran
According to the document, Abu Hafs could not manage all the members, who “behaved erratically, bought mobile phones and cars, they went around Tehran whenever they pleased, and they even spoke to members in Chechnya on the phone,” the operative wrote.
The al-Qaeda leader revealed that detainees were “investigated” and only asked to divulge their names, age, and general information about themselves. The prisoners were “offered food, treated well, and some members were even put on house arrest in hotel rooms.”
Source : english.alarabiya.net