Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Iran grooming new al Qaeda leadership

Just a day after it was reported that Tony Blair wants to cultivate a "new partnership" with Iran, The Telegraph reports that Iran is grooming new Jihadi masterminds for al Qaeda:
The Iranians want Saif al-Adel, a 46-year-old former colonel in Egypt's special forces, to be the organisation's number three.

Al-Adel was formerly bin Laden's head of security, and was named on the FBI's 22 most wanted list after September 11 for his alleged involvement in terror attacks against US targets in Somalia and Africa in the 1990s. He has been living in a Revolutionary Guard guest house in Teheran since fleeing from Afghanistan in late 2001.
In a related story, The Telegraph reports that Iran is attempting to completely take over control of al Qaeda:
Iran is seeking to take control of Osama bin Laden's al-Qa'eda terror network by encouraging it to promote officials known to be friendly to Teheran, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

According to recent reports received by Western intelligence agencies, the Iranians are training senior al-Qa'eda operatives in Teheran to take over the organisation when bin Laden is no longer leader.
Now is there reason enough to forcibly stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power?

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