Right after the D.C. Capitol riot, State Secretary Mike Pompeo launched his own destabilization tactics to make governing more difficult for President Biden. Trump’s State Secretary was seen and heard spreading unfounded accusations that a terrorist group of al Qaeda has established a new home base in Iran.
Even more brazen were Pompeo’s statements, suggesting that it is the right time (while Trump is still in power) for the U.S. government to launch attacks aimed at crushing the alleged alliance between Iran and al Qaeda. Fortunately, Iran rejected the Secretary of State’s claims, whilst branding his statements as falsehoods.
The Iranian government further described Pompeo’s allegations as no different from the lies spread by the Bush government in 2002, which led to Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq, while referring to the two nations as “axis of evil”.
Pompeo’s Baseless Accusation Seen as Destructive Tactics that Will Enable Trump to Remain in Power
Pompeo claimed that with only eight days left in Trump’s reign, Iran gave the permitted al Qaeda to build a new headquarters. The country’s intelligence community and expert analysts however, are doubtful of Pompeo’s statements and intentions. More so after stating that for the first time, he is making public that the recent death of Abu Muhammad al-Masri terrorist was in connection with the 1998 bombings of two U.S embassies in Africa. The question is why is Mike Pompeo making these statement only now?
Security Expert Analysts’ Reactions to Pompeo’s Claims
According to experts, they deem Pompeo’s recent claims as exaggerations of a widely known fact that senior al Qaeda agents sought shelter in Iran. Furthermore, Congress has already been provided with the details about the al Qaeda presence in Iran including reasons why the Iranian government is tolerating it.
The analysts added that Pompeo’s allegations were excessive and is an obvious attempt to sabotage Biden’s future plans regarding the rebooting of the country’s nuclear deal with Iran. Charles Lister, an analyst of the Middle East Institute think tank described the relationship between al Qaeda and Iran as tactical enemies. Lister added that imagining them in a strategic relationship is impossible and closer to fiction.