February 18, 2014

Syrian War Ends al-Qaeda Refuge in Iran

I mean that's pretty good news, that Iran is deporting senior al-Qaeda members who they had been providing safe haven.

A senior al-Qaeda figure with close ties to the terrorist group’s current leader has left Iran, where he had lived for years after fleeing American forces in Afghanistan in 2001, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials.

Thirwat Shihata is the latest terrorist suspect to leave Iran, raising questions about the country’s motives for allowing or forcing the departure of a string of al-Qaeda members that it had sheltered over the past decade.

Even if the safe haven provided was for Iran's own self interest as a bargaining chip the fact they are no longer welcome is um, good, yeah?

So where would senior al-Qaeda leader who had been hiding in Iran for ten years go? Where could he find safe passage to?

It was not clear when Shihata departed Iran, but a former U.S. official, who also requested anonymity, said he was believed to have traveled to Libya. The CIA declined to discuss Shihata’s whereabouts.

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