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CIA spreading ‘fake news’ about Osama Bin Laden: Iran

One of the documents declassified

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TEHRAN, Iran - CIA’s release of the last batch of documents seized during the raid on the compound in Pakistan where they officially killed the man who terrorized America - Osama Bin Laden, has left Iran irked. 

Six years after the Al Qaeda leader Bin Laden was killed off in the raid, the CIA, which faced intense pressure to declassify all the files, released 470,000 additional files found in May 2011 when U.S. Navy SEALs burst into Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad and shot him dead.

The documents not only provided an insight into the life of the Al Qaeda leader and his vision for the terrorism outfit he put together - but the trove also included new information about Al Qaeda's relationship with Iran.

One of the documents declassified seems purportedly written by a senior member of Al Qaeda detailing an arrangement between Iran and members of Al Qaeda to strike American interests in "Saudi Arabia and the Gulf." 

According to the document and the subsequent analysis, in exchange, Iran offered Al Qaeda "money, arms” and “training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon."

Reports noted that the author of the file, described as "well-connected," explains that al Qaeda's forces violated the terms of the agreement of the deal with Iran, resulting in several men being detained.

However, the senior Al Qaeda member also noted in the document that the organization is not at war with Iran due to their shared anti-American interests.

The document also quoted the group's slain leader, Bin Laden, as saying, "Anyone who wants to strike America, Iran is ready to support him and help him with their frank and clear rhetoric."

On Friday, Iran denounced the CIA release, calling it ‘fake news.’

Iran’s Fars news agency, which is close to Iranian conservatives, said that the selective publication of documents by the CIA related to Al Qaeda was part of efforts "to put pressure on Iran.”

Iran has accused the CIA of spreading “fake news” about the Islamic republic with the newly declassified files. 

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), which saw the trove before it was made public, has said that the files shed new light on the murky relationship between the Sunni extremist group and Shiite Iran. However, irked at the reference and the connection made to Iran in the documents, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed the allegations.

Taking to Twitter, Zarif wrote, “A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/selective AlQaeda docs re: Iran can’t whitewash role of US allies in 9/11.”

The release of the trove of documents, including audio, video and text comes at a time when U.S .President Donald Trump and his administration are seeking to ramp up pressure on Iran.

Last month, Trump refused to certify a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. 

Iran has outrightly and repeatedly denied any link to Al Qaeda and has provided financial and military backing to help the Syrian regime fight Sunni extremists and other opponents. > BNN

 

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