Tehran, Iran – Just hours after an information dump by the CIA alleging amongst different issues collusion between Iran and al-Qaeda, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s international minister, responded by way of Twitter.
“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,” Zarif stated.
The goal of his criticism was the CIA and the US-based Foundation for the Defence of Democracies (FDD).
Both organisations have been on the centre of the newest revelations from a trove of pc information discovered on al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s onerous drives.
He was killed by a US Navy SEAL crew throughout a raid on his compound in Pakistan in 2011.
The allusion in Zarif’s tweet is a generally held perception in Iran: that al-Qaeda’s September 11, 2001, badaults on the US have been an inside job.
The accusation could appear outlandish for a sitting international minister of any nation to degree.
But to an Iranian, the message is obvious: The US is the principle protagonist of “terror” on this planet and has no enterprise hurling accusations in opposition to Iran.
This is just not the primary time that Iran has been accused of secret dealings with al-Qaeda.
In years previous, Iran’s authorities has dismissed this sort of issues as Western propaganda.
Now the accusation is coming at a time when Iran sees itself as a regional counterterror powerhouse.
“I think this is part of a psychological war launched by America and by the CIA against Iran to disgrace Iran’s face in the international arena,” Hossain Ansarifard, a Tehran-based political badyst, instructed Al Jazeera.
“Iran is encircled by al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and [it] is making an attempt to handle these actions on [its] borders.
“Everybody knows that al-Qaeda’s ideological principles are quite against Iran and against Iran’s regime. So, it’s ridiculous to say that they are working with and they are collaborating with Iran.”
For an outdoor observer, the allegation carries some logic. Iran’s international coverage is nothing if not pushed by self-interest, so this would appear to make strategic sense.
And each al-Qaeda and Iran see the US because the enemy.
But in relation to making international coverage, the enemy of Iran’s enemy is just not Iran’s buddy.
“We say America is the enemy and al-Qaeda is the enemy, too,” Ansarifard stated.
In a speech to college students in Tehran on Thursday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated, the nation won’t ever settle for being bullied over the 2015 nuclear deal
|Iran sees itself as a regional counterterror powerhouse [Zein Basravi/Al Jazeera]|
Since US President Donald Trump decertified the deal to US Congress in October, paving the best way for brand new US sanctions, the choice has obtained practically day by day public rebukes from Iranian leaders.
“Any retreat by Iran will make America more blatant and impudent,” Khamenei stated, including: “Resistance is the only option.”
That type of defiance is a product of Iran’s personal expertise with American intervention, in addition to the newer historical past of the second Iraq conflict that toppled Saddam Hussein.
That battle was preceded by comparable allegations of ties to al-Qaeda in addition to the existence of weapons of mbad destruction.
Neither accusation was proved true ultimately however precipitated generations of chaos and battle throughout the area.
‘Cannot occur once more’
Iran’s leaders say that type of factor can’t occur once more.
On Tuesday, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps was the keynote speaker at an occasion entitled, A World Without Terror.
“If you are waiting for a world without terror and terrorism, we should be after a world without the United States,” Mohammad Ali Jafari stated.
Like Zarif, he additionally baderted that 9/11 was an inside job. The badault, he stated, was orchestrated as a pretext to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. He additionally steered that ISIL and the US are companions in crime within the Middle East.
“If Iran wasn’t involved in Syria and Iraq, today [ISIL] would control these countries, and hand in hand with the U.S., would kill Muslims,” he stated.
The optics have been rigorously managed.
Young highschool boys have been introduced in buses to fill an auditorium subsequent to a museum for martyrs.
Outside the venue, college students carried indicators that confirmed the US president along with his mouth zipped shut.
Posters taped to close by partitions learn: “Keep Calm and Shut Up Trump.”
Others confirmed a clenched fist holding a garbage bag full of the “tools of terrorism”; American cash, American made weapons and bullets, sticks of dynamite marked with the Star of David, and a keyboard signifying the specter of cyberattacks.
Even earlier than strolling inside, attendees got a snapshot of how Iran’s authorities sees its place on this planet; America – together with ally Israel – is the most important risk to peace within the area, and Iran has the job of taking out the garbage.