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US Secretary of State planning to announce new Iran-Al Qaeda ties
Middle East & Africa

US Secretary of State planning to announce new Iran-Al Qaeda ties

Iran-Al Qaeda ties: The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planning to publicly blame Iran for its ties with Al-Qaeda in Tuesday’s speech, as per The Reuters.

Pompeo plans to utilize the declassified US intelligence in the statement, The Reuters reported, referring to “two people acquainted with the issue.” He is expected to reveal details on Iran purportedly shielding Al-Qaeda leaders and supporting the terror organization, the report stated. 

During the National Press Club meeting in Washington on Tuesday, Mike Pompeo is expected to make some allegations in his speech. Pompeo has blamed Iran for its ties with the Al-Qaeda before, however, without providing any proof. 

There are a few doubts about openly examining the data among legislators and the intelligence community, the report added. 

The announcement might probably complicate the situation of President-elect Joe Biden’s objective of reconnecting with Tehran over the nuclear deal. 

The White House has attempted a year-long campaign against Iran by withdrawing from the 2015 atomic deal, imposing heavy sanctions, and assassinating the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. 

Pompeo’s speech could include information on the killing of Al-Qaeda’s second in command in Tehran in Aug 2020, stated by Israel. 

The New York Times revealed in Nov 2020 that an Israeli agent completed the attack on Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah in the direction of the US. Abdullah was charged for being one of the main conspirators of decimating assaults on two US consulates in Africa in 1998 and a 2002 assault on an Israeli-owned inn in Kenya.

Iran has completely denied the allegations and accused Israel of killing its top atomic researcher, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

It’s vague why Iran would shelter al-Qaeda members. Iran is a Shiite state and has battled with Al-Qaeda, a Sunni jihadist group. Experts revealed to The New York Times that Iran may have sheltered members of Al-Qaeda to forestall assaults in Iran or to permit them to lead operations against America. 

Joe Biden has stated that if Iran recognizes the terms and conditions of the nuclear deal, then we would think of rejoining the nuclear deal. However, Iran has welcomed America’s stand, but only after they remove the imposed economic sanctions.

Moroccan Closeness To Israel Has Geopolitical Connotations
Geopolitics

Moroccan Closeness To Israel Has Geopolitical Connotations

Moroccan Closeness To Israel: Morocco has its many geopolitical reasons to have come closer to Israel. While researchers and thinkers are critical of this alliance, Rabat has taken a safe route for the time being. The growing activity of extremists is one reason that Rabat felt it needed to do something to solidify its territory. 

According to Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an adviser to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, Morocco’s normalisation of relations with Israel is a betrayal and a stab in the back of Palestine. However, by shaking hands with Israel, Morocco is planning to act as bridge between Israel and the Palestinian people.

This would probably explain the friendly phone call and pleasantries that were exchanged recently between King Mohammed VI and Benjamin Netanyahu. As a joint treaty has already been signed between the nations, it becomes easier for the Moroccan monarch to stress attachment to the rights of the Palestinians to establish their independent state. 

King Mohammed VI therefore echoed Morocco’s determination to contribute to finding a solution to the Palestinian cause during a phone call with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Kingdom of Morocco continues to feel troubled by the rise of Islamist extremism. At least a hundred or even many more Moroccan Sahrawis are reportedly fighting with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or (AQIM), presumably to acquire terrorist skills to bring back home to Morocco’s homeland. Moroccan Security experts somehow are not relying on Joe Biden new administration’s approach to dealing with (AQIM). Their alternate policy redirects them to Israel instead. 

Whether Benjamin Netanyahu will keep his side of the deal, is extremely doubtful owing to his self-centered tactics and lack of diplomacy with other nations. We have seen that clearly in the case of its relations with the other Middle Eastern nations. 

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