Prince Khalid Bin Salman, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, has stated on Twitter that Iran and Al Qaeda have been working together as partners. More crucially, the United States and Saudi Arabia have been targeted by them for years.
The prince started off his tweets by affirming Saudi Arabia’s stance against terrorism. He described groups such as Al Qaeda and Iran being two sides of the same coin. Additionally, he also stated that Iran was a sponsor of terrorism and that it was infamous for planning attacks not only in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
Following this, the prince documented his allegations by drawing the links between Iran and Al Qaeda. The relationship between the nation and the militant group can be traced back to early 90s. It was during this period that Imad Mughniyah of Hezbollah had a meeting in Sudan with Osama bin Laden for trading their expertise. After all, both terrorists had a common goal of attacking KSA and the United States.
Prince Khalid also gave another example of the ties between Iran and Al Qaeda which was the embassy explosions of the US in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi in 1998. It was deemed by a US Federal judge that those attacks by Al Qaeda would not have occurred if Iran had not provided assistance directly. Before Al Qaeda’s meetings with Iran, the extremist outfit did not possess the expertise required to undertake such an attack.
The prince also mentioned that the files of bin Laden were further proof of the links. Those files had been taken from the terrorist’s hideout during this capture and have since been published by the CIA.