Oh, by the way, the U.S. just accused Iran of working with Al Qaeda

posted at 8:19 pm on July 28, 2011 by Allahpundit

A little something light to tide you over while we wait for the next chapter in the debt-ceiling saga. I’ve been around blogs long enough to remember when claiming that Shiite nuts might collaborate with Sunni nuts against America would draw derisive snickers from lefty blogs at the sheer wingnuttery of the idea. Isn’t it just like neocons to try to drum up war against Iran by claiming a connection as preposterous as that?

And now here we are. Over to you, Obama administration:

The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on six individuals operating in a network that they said “serves as the core pipeline through which al Qaeda moves money, facilitators and operatives from across the Middle East to South Asia, including to Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, a key al Qaeda leader based in Pakistan, also designated today.”

“Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world today. By exposing Iran’s secret deal with al Qaeda allowing it to funnel funds and operatives through its territory, we are illuminating yet another aspect of Iran’s unmatched support for terrorism,” Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen said in a statement announcing the sanctions…

Among the individuals sanctioned today is Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, described by the Treasury Department as “an Iran-based senior al Qaeda facilitator currently living and operating in Iran under an agreement between al Qaeda and the Iranian government.”…

“As al Qaeda’s representative in Iran, Khalil works with the Iranian government to arrange releases of al Qaeda personnel from Iranian prisons. When al Qaeda operatives are released, the Iranian government transfers them to Khalil, who then facilitates their travel to Pakistan,” the Treasury Department said.

This isn’t the first time Treasury’s targeted Al Qaeda inside Iran, actually: Bill Roggio remembers that four AQ operatives, including Saad Bin Laden, were sanctioned in January 2009. If that doesn’t prove to you that Iran’s dealing with major players inside Al Qaeda, not just the rank-and-file, Roggio also points out that Atiyah Abd al-Rahman happens to be Al Qaeda’s operations chief and was working with Bin Laden himself on an attack timed to the 10th anniversary of 9/11 before the SEALs came knocking on Osama’s door. But then, none of this is the least bit surprising. Remember where Saif al-Adel, one of AQ’s highest capos, spent the better part of the last decade? Remember the AP’s exclusive just two months ago about how Iran might be preparing to release Al Qaeda prisoners in order to target American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do I need to link this evergreen Tom Joscelyn piece about longstanding ties between Iran and Al Qaeda yet again? Go figure that a fundamentalist state that specializes in outsourcing terror against the west via proxies might broker a cold peace with America-hating Wahhabist terrorists.

Since we’re on the subject, I feel obliged to link this hopeful WaPo story from a few days ago about how U.S. intel increasingly believes Al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan is on its last legs. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross warns against declaring mission accomplished, which is fair enough, but if the best this degenerate can do right now is try to convince Syrian protesters that America’s their worst enemy and not the monster in Damascus who’s been killing them for months, well, maybe we’re closer to mission accomplished than we think.

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Lefties have such short memory

Sonosam on July 28, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Lefties have such short memory

Sonosam on July 28, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Exactly; many of those on the Left laughed it off during the 6 years between 2003 and 2009 when folks on the Right were citing numerous instances of Iran aiding Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Nothing to see here. Look over there at that Norwegian Christian terrorist.

/s

Drained Brain on July 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM

That’s not the same Al Qaeda. That is Al Qaeda in Persia. Totally different. Also different from Al Qaeda in Carthage and Al Qeada in Assyria.

pedestrian on July 28, 2011 at 8:36 PM

This administration is so useless

400lb Gorilla on July 28, 2011 at 8:47 PM

“Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world today.

Yeah but your bestest allies and Muslim buddies, the ones whispering in your ears and telling you how Islam works, Teh Magnificent Saudis put the shite chumps to shame (unless the monkeys can make a nuke work to wake up the dude in the well). You’re still way losing, like pathetic tards.

BL@KBIRD on July 28, 2011 at 8:53 PM

So the administration’s response is . . . to cold-shoulder Israel.

Yeah, that’s the ticket!

honsy on July 28, 2011 at 8:58 PM

But Odrama promised to sit down and talk with them, without conditions…

OnlyOrange on July 28, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Damn…

“Fast and Furious” must be getting close to the White House.

Seven Percent Solution on July 28, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Iran, Cuba, Venezuela – these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.”
 
- Now-president Barack H. Obama exhibiting his strategic and geographic knowledge, May 2008

rogerb on July 28, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Gee….Iran is aiding Al-Qaeda ?
Who knew…..?
Next someone will tell me China is trying to hack into the Pentagon.

As if……

NeoKong on July 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Wow! You mean ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’

Who’d a thought that!

GarandFan on July 28, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Nevermind that Caliphate talk either, the Sunni and Shia would never agree to an alliance against the West.

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 9:22 PM

For those of us who have been paying attention with flesh and blood in harm’s way, that Iran is working with radical Islamists is very, very old news.

Phil Byler on July 28, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Wow! You mean ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’

Who’d a thought that!

GarandFan on July 28, 2011 at 9:16 PM

The Left totally ignored that concept between 2003 and 2009. They said that Al Qaeda could be active in any country in the word, except for one.

Iraq.

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2011 at 9:26 PM

I find this highly disturbing: Qassem Suleimani: the Iranian General ‘Secretly Running’ Iraq

Sooner or later, we are going to have to take on Iran directly.

slickwillie2001 on July 28, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Sooprise, sooprise!

Sekhmet on July 28, 2011 at 10:03 PM

The U.S. intelligence made the same claim when George W Bush was President. Imadinnerjacket said he wanted to pick the next leader of Alqeada in Iraq. I am sure that can be googled. So this isn’t new – news.

Dr Evil on July 28, 2011 at 10:17 PM

I’ve been around blogs long enough to remember when claiming that Shiite nuts might collaborate with Sunni nuts against America would draw derisive snickers from lefty blogs at the sheer wingnuttery of the idea.

Man, remember that? Back when you were shopping those awesome Dem Primary comics, that was all the rage from people whose entire knowledge of both Sunni and Shia came from a summary by talking head with “Expert on Middle-Eastern Affairs for CNN.”

HitNRun on July 28, 2011 at 10:21 PM

This cowboy, Obama, is dangerous and is harming our international relations. I wish the adults were in charge. /

Shiny_Tiara on July 28, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Obama’s just doing this so that he can cut a trillion dollars from the budget by promising not to invade Iran.

Fabozz on July 28, 2011 at 10:49 PM

* just perfect..can’t wait until nObama’s defense spending cuts kick in….say goodnight: Pesian Gulf, Tiawan, S.Korea and most of Eastern Europe!

Remember its all about the Healing…better we serve nObama w/o question for he is the one, he is the triumph of unfettered DIVERSITY, he shall prevail regardless of his incompetence because he is our penance. We are expendable, we are the middle class..

All Hail the Messiah, obama is awesome……….

dmann on July 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM

As for the idea of Iran working with Sunni terrorists: 1) Hamas, 2) Khobar Towers, 3) Muslim Brotherhood.

Send_Me on July 28, 2011 at 10:59 PM

9-11…Building 7. Google it. Collapse in spite of never being struck. Controlled demolition.

Money in Afganistan is ending up in Al Qaeda coffers.

Who do you trust?

realitycheck on July 28, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Full blockade, land, sea, air.

Nothing in, nothing out.

Speakup on July 28, 2011 at 11:50 PM

These are not the droids you seek….Look! Over There! A Duck!!!

Everyone including the Obama Admin is hoping and expecting that the American people are too weak minded to put two and two together and coming up with an answer of less then five or six!

Vntnrse on July 28, 2011 at 11:53 PM

realitycheck on July 28, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Building 7…..please seek help ASAP

dmann on July 29, 2011 at 12:09 AM

Saddam Hussein Mahmoud Ahmedinejad would not work with Al Qaeda. He is a secular Shiite Muslim and therefore does not get along with religious kooks Sunnis. Oh wait, Øbama is in office? This makes perfect sense then.

/Leftists People who go around bashing religion all the time but lately claim to know everything about a religion to which they’ve had very little exposure.

Kafir on July 29, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Who do you trust?

realitycheck on July 28, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Whomever tells the pretty tales we want to hear.

Nothing new under the sun…

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 29, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Iran has progressively grown from a bunch of Islamic fundamentalist loons to a national force of Islamic fundamentalist loons with nuclear capabilities, and the USA has sat back and watched it all happen. For over thirty years, this nation has sacrificed billions of dollars and lost many brave lives dealing with the symptoms of Iranian jihad and ignoring the festering disease in Tehran. While they claim their rise to power is the will of their god, we all know it’s due to the totally impotent actions of the last six president and the suicidal tendency of our need to be devastated in an attack before we are called to action.

Hening on July 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Who do you trust?

realitycheck on July 28, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Whomever tells the pretty tales we want to hear.

Nothing new under the sun…

I don’t trust either of you two halfwits to get it right.

Hard Right on July 29, 2011 at 9:10 AM

And the head of Iran’s Republican Guard is slated to be the next chair of OPEC.

Akzed on July 29, 2011 at 9:43 AM

This administration is so useless

400lb Gorilla on July 28, 2011 at 8:47 PM

You are absolutely right. Clearly, a useful administration would have launched a full scale invasion of Iran by now.

ernesto on July 29, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Since we’re on the subject, I feel obliged to link this hopeful WaPo story from a few days ago about how U.S. intel increasingly believes Al Qaeda’s leadership in Pakistan is on its last legs. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross warns against declaring mission accomplished, which is fair enough, but if the best this degenerate can do right now is try to convince Syrian protesters that America’s their worst enemy and not the monster in Damascus who’s been killing them for months, well, maybe we’re closer to mission accomplished than we think.

Does anyone else remember the pie-in-the-sky TIME piece when this fellow was taking over the reins of power from dear ol’ Dad? It was almost as sugary as their puff pieces on The Jugeared Jesus and his fashion-plate / most beautiful woman on earth / ultimate modern woman … spouse.

Heh.

hillbillyjim on July 29, 2011 at 3:44 PM

And as for you, little ernie, what would you have us do? Nothing?

Of course.

You’re an insufferable, arrogant fool, and that’s not ad hominem; you’ve proven it over and over.

Womp womp. Bomp bomp.

Go back to your crayons.

hillbillyjim on July 29, 2011 at 3:46 PM

WARNING: Graphic clip linked below; parental supervision is recommended.

Clearly, a useful administration would have launched a full scale invasion of Iran by now.

ernesto on July 29, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Clearly, a useful administration would have at least had the courage to loudly condemn the mullahs and A-jad when the spark of freedom was flickering brightly, and the innocent Neda was slaughtered.

Clearly, a useful administration would not have been talking foolish nonsense about an open hand with these hate-mongering theocrats.

hillbillyjim on July 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM

realitycheck on July 28, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Invest heavily in tin-foil futures, my good friends.

hillbillyjim on July 29, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Well, if “enemy of my enemy is my friend – for now” ever goes out of style as a modus operandi for wars and fights the Sun will go dark in shame.

Look at those same leftie progressives who shouted that Shi’ites and Sunnis will never agree. How many of them are tacitly allied with Islamists because their enemy is capitalism, the USA, and freedom? How many of those lefties are utterly blinded to the nature of the erstwhile friends, the Islamists, and what those “friends” will do to them when the US is destroyed?

Brilliance is not necessarily a trait on display here.

{o.o}

herself on July 29, 2011 at 7:29 PM