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Is Bin Laden Replacement Iran’s Revenge?

From their media flacks at Reuters:

Al Qaeda names Adel as interim chief: report

Wed May 18, 2011

DUBAI, May 18 (Reuters) – Al Jazeera television said al Qaeda has appointed a temporary leader and a new head of operations following the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. commandos, citing its own correspondent on Wednesday.

It said in a brief news flash the Egyptian militant Saif al-Adel was named interim leader, while Mustafa al-Yemeni, whose nationality it did not give, would direct operations…

U.S. prosecutors say Adel is one of al Qaeda’s leading military commanders and helped plan the bomb attacks against the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998.

They also say he set up al Qaeda training camps in Sudan and Afghanistan in the 1990s…

Adel was believed to have fled to Iran after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, and was subsequently held under a form of house arrest there, according to some media reports.

Arab media reports said Iranian authorities released him from custody about a year ago, and he then moved back to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. Some analysts say Adel may have returned to Iran or Afghanistan in recent weeks.

Note that Iran released Mr. Adel about a year ago. And that he may have returned to Iran in recent weeks.

The Washington Post has this undated profile of Mr. Adel in their archives, which might explain why:

Saif al-Adel — Nationality: Egyptian

Adel is the key figure in a small group of al-Qaeda leaders believed to be under house arrest in Iran.  The others include Sulaiman abu Ghaith, a Kuwaiti, and Saad bin Laden, a son of al-Qaeda’s emir.

U.S. intelligence officials said the group was detained when crossing into Iran from Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to avoid capture by U.S. forces. The Iranian government has never publicly acknowledged their presence, leading to much speculation about what restrictions they face and whether they can communicate with al-Qaeda operatives outside the country.

"The question is, what does house arrest mean in the Iranian context?" said Michael Scheuer, a former CIA analyst who led the agency’s unit dedicated to tracking Osama bin Laden.

Scheuer and other analysts said it was likely that Adel and the others were being held by the Iranian government as a bargaining chip as well as a deterrent in its strained dealings with the U.S. government. Some U.S. officials worry that Iran could release the group or loosen their restrictions if the Bush administration presses too hard on other diplomatic disputes.

"They’re a guarantee against bad behavior," Scheuer said…

To sum up, the Iranians had Adel in custody since 9/11, but they released him last year. The Washington Post piece claims the Iranians used Adel as a bargaining chip, and threatened to release him if the US pushed them too hard on other issues.

So the fact that Abel is on the loose — and indeed now the new head of Al Qaeda — might be seen as the Iranians getting even with the US.

By the way, lest we forget, the US 9/11 Commission found that most of the 9/11 hijackers passed through Iran before coming to the US. And, more recently, the WikiLeaks documents revealed that Iran has colluded with Al Qaeda and harbored their members for many years.

Of course our foreign policy experts in the media tell us that is impossible, since Al Qaeda are Sunni Muslims and Iran is Shiite Muslims.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Is Bin Laden Replacement Iran’s Revenge?”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Oh goody!
    New names and new faces means targets to train our laser sighted weapons on.
    Unlike the laser focus on jobs and the economy some profess and continually lie about.

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