Ahmadinejad Grooming Future Al Qaeda Leaders
It is believed that Iran is protecting Saad Bin Laden the son of Osama Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda members who fled Afghanistan in 2001.
Iran is also suspected of arming insurgent groups in southern Iraq – many of which have links to al-Qa’eda – that have been responsible for many of the roadside bomb attacks against British troops.
But intelligence officials have been most alarmed by reports from Iran that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is trying to persuade al-Qa’eda to promote a pro-Iranian activist to a senior position within its leadership.
The Iranians want Saif al-Adel, a 46-year-old former colonel in Egypt’s special forces, to be the organisation’s number three. (Behind Osama and Al Zawahiri)
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.
Alarm over al-Qa’eda deepened yesterday with a Foreign Office warning that the group was determined to acquire the technology to carry out a nuclear attack on the West.
Little Green Footballs has more on the latest reports of terrorists seeking nukes.
And, Andy Stewart sends this article from the Times that reports that:
“Smugglers have been caught trying to traffic dangerous radioactive material more than 300 times since 2002.”
Saif Al-Adel fled Afghanistan in 2001 along with Osama’s son Saad and has found protection in Iran since that time:
Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, and as a result of his remaining a U.S. fugitive from the federal grand jury indictment for his role in the 1998 embassy bombings, Al-Adel was profiled on the initial list of the FBI’s top 22 Most Wanted Terrorists, which was released to the public by US President George W. Bush on October 10, 2001.
Saif al-Adel is one of the many ranking al-Qaeda leaders alleged to have fled Afghanistan in 2001 for Iran. Others include Kuwaiti-born al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith and Saad bin Laden, the son of al-Qaeda head Osama bin Laden. Saif al-Adel and other alleged Iran-based al-Qaeda operatives are said to be under the protection (or custody) of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
There has been no reports on Saad Bin Laden, Osama’s son, since he was released to go recruit Al Qaeda members in Lebanon in August.