Iran Denies Presence Of High-Level Al-Qaida Facilitator

by Florian Flade

Izzaddin Abdel Aziz Khalil from the Syrian town of Al-Qamishli is now international terrorist celebrity. The 29 year-old Syrian has been added to the U.S. Most Wanted List of terrorists. A $ 10 Million reward is offered for information leading to his killing or arrest.

Khalil who is known as „Yassin al-Suri“ is labeled as a senior Al-Qaida facilitator based in Iran. According to U.S. authorities Al-Suri is moving terrorist recruits across the Middle East into Iran and then to Pakistan and Afghanistan. His activities are known to Iranian authorities, the U.S. claims.

„Iranian authorities maintain a relationship with al-Suri and have permitted him to operate within Iran´s borders since 2005“ – the U.S. Ministry of Justice states – „Al-Suri funnels significant funds via Iran for onward passage to al-Qaida´s leadership in Afghanistan and Iraq“.

Yassin al-Suri was also responsible for arranging a deal with Iran´s regime for the release of imprisones Al-Qaida members (among them Egyptian Saif al-Adel and Kuwaiti Sulaiman Abu Ghaith) from Iranian prisons. Allegedly Iranian officials handed the prisoners to Al-Suri who then facilitated their travel to Pakistan.

Meanwhile Iran has denied having any affiliation with the Al-Qaida opertive Yassin al-Suri. „These amateurish scenarios by the U.S. government on the presence of an Al-Qaida member in Iran are totally baseless“, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.

 

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