Iran in Secret Talks With al Qaeda, U.S. Officials Say
ABC News
29-May-2008 (7 comments)

Senior U.S. officials tell ABC News that in recent months there have been secret contacts between the Iranian government and the leadership of al Qaeda. It's a development that has caught the attention of top officials in the White House, the Pentagon and the intelligence community.

According to U.S. officials familiar with highly sensitive intelligence on this issue, the contacts are on the status of high-level al Qaeda operatives, including two of Osama Bin Laden's sons, who have been under house arrest in Iran since 2003. The officials don't believe Iran will allow these operatives to go free, but said they don't know Iran's motivation for initiating the talks.

"The Iranians know there would be hell to pay if these guys were set free," a U.S. official told ABC News.

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Another rubbish from the Ministry of Disinformation

by Anonymous-2 (not verified) on

These people should be ashamed of themselves for spreading such lies.

Once again the U.S. is conveniently confusing Iran with Arab countries. It is their buddies Prince Turki, Nawaf,and Bandar of Saudi Arabia who are in contact with al-Qaeda operatives.

In Iran they are in prison and if there is any talk it is called interrogation!

By the way where is OBL after 6 years? Why is it that with all of the great US intelligence he has yet to be found, however he manages to show up in a video every time the Bush Admin. is in need?

Kaveh Nouraee

All I Can Say Is....

by Kaveh Nouraee on

I am thoroughly disgusted by this.


It's a very interesting article

by Abarmard on



On NPR today

by Abarmard on

I heard that the US is pondering talks with Al Qaida...So I guess Iran is a head of the US in this. There must be a reason why the US has left the search for Al Qaida...hmmm


Re: Yikes ... (to: K. Nassery)

by Asghar Abadi (not verified) on

IF it is true as "./." says in the comment posted below that US governmnet is training and equipping AQ for murder missions around the globe, then what mullahs are doing is smart. This is needed to protect Iran and Iranians. Because these muderers (now you can call the US trained AQ members psudo-CIA agents) are going to murder withouit mercy everywhere especially in a shii country like Iran. Iran needs to make friends with them in order to repulse them.

K Nassery


by K Nassery on

I see this as provocation, not healing.  Using al Qaeda operatives as a baragaining tool?  For what reason? 

 Do the Iranian leaders know how al Qaeda feels about Shiites?  They blew up Shiite mosques in Iraq? 

 I'm shocked.  When you think you can't hear anything worse, something comes up in the news.

 This puts the Iranian government on the same level as al Qaeda...  I hope they realize this.





I heard ....

by ./. (not verified) on

I did not get the whole story, but I got the tail end of it froma TV interview. In that interview, I think I heard Richad Clarke, the former national secuity advisor (to clinton and part of bush) said in an interview that US government is now helping Al-Qaeda in terms of money, trianing, and weapons in order to spread them around the world for "murder missions". If I heard this correctly, Iranians' move is a smart one. They should make friends with Al-Qaeda, and also infiltrate that group so that if the US plan of sending al-qaeda on "murder missions" in iran is put on the table, then Iranians will have an insight into it.