Iran: Claim Senior al Qaeda leader killed fake, totally fabricated by Israel

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh

Press TV: Iran has categorically dismissed a US media report that one of the top leaders of the al-Qaeda terrorist group had been secretly killed by Washington-directed Israeli agents in the capital, Tehran.

Citing unnamed intelligence officials, The New York Times claimed on Friday that Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, the al-Qaeda’s second-in-command who went by the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad al-Masri, had been gunned down by two armed assassins on a motorcycle in the streets of Tehran in August.

The paper said al-Masri, who was charged with helping to mastermind the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa, had been killed in Iran by Israeli operatives acting at the behest of the United States.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Saturday that the Times’ report was based on “false information,” vehemently rejecting the presence of any of the terrorist group’s members in the country.

Underlining that the al-Qaeda has been the brainchild of the United States and its allies’ wrong policies, Khatibzadeh said, “From time to time, Iran’s foes — the United States and Israel — try to shirk responsibility for the criminal acts of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in the region and link Iran to such outfits by lying and leaking false information to the media.”

Advising the American media not to fall into the trap of what he referred to as Hollywood scenarios of American and the Zionist regime’s officials, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said such accusations are undoubtedly made in the context of an all-out economic, intelligence and psychological warfare against the Iranian people, and that the media should not be a platform for spreading agenda-driven White House lies against Tehran.

“Although the United States has in the past spared no effort to level false accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran, this approach has become a routine in the current US administration and the White House has tried to take further steps to implement its scare-mongering tactic against Iran by repeating such accusations,” Khatibzadeh noted.

Al-Qaeda and Iran: The bond that does not exist

A political expert says despite frequent claims by US about covert ties between Iran and al-Qaeda, documents obtained during the raid on Bin Laden’s residence in Pakistan prove otherwise.

According to the Times, al-Masri, who was on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists, was killed on August 7 along with his daughter, Miriam, the widow of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden.

A highly classified document provided by the US National Counterterrorism Center in 2008 described 58-year-old al-Masri as the “most experienced and capable operational planner.”

US federal authorities had offered a $10 million reward for any information leading to the senior leader’s capture.

The bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 claimed the lives of at least 224 people and left more than 5,000 injured.

Al-Masri was indicted by a US federal grand jury later that year for his role.

About Press TV
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IRIB is state-owned but independent of the Iranian government in its management and is the only legal TV and radio broadcaster inside Iran. IRIB’s head is appointed directly by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and is considered to be close to the country’s conservative political faction. Press TV is headquartered in Tehran with offices and bureaus around the world; including London, Beirut, Damascus, Kabul, and the Gaza Strip.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Oddly enough I’ve tried to post this here before that there is a Trump base out of the US and western mainstream, embedded in the independent media which portrays Trump as “anti establishment” and does the same contortionist reporting as RT just to deceive.

    According to the Lebanese reporter Sharmine Narwani:
    “Watch the US media start to do hit jobs on Trump’s new Pentagon hire Col. Douglas Macgregor – because he wants to withdraw US troops from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan. Leave it to @CNN to get the ball rolling.”

    Lol .. oh yes Trump is bringing the troops home …

    • When I say “there is a Trump base out of the US and western mainstream” it means out of Fox News, out of the 70 million votes, out of the Israeli lobby, out of the pentagon, out of the millions of evangelical Christians. These are mainstream, these are the 50% split of the mainstream the 50% which is set on a war with the rest of the world.
      For once

    • For once it’s clear as to which half of the US is pro war. These are the republicans, the neocons, the Trump base. And no Obama wasn’t part of these people, and neither is Biden.

    • Obama and Biden were starving out Yemen while demonizing Iran for potentially aiding the Houthis…

      I get that the “anti-establishment Trump” narrative was a farce, but how is the “anti-establishment Obama/Biden” narrative any more legit?

  2. This may be the last ditch effort by Bibs the chicken ‘it to entice a war with Iran before Donny gets dethroned. Alqeda/Daesh has undoubtedly been a Mossad creation from the get go financed by Saudi petrodollars rapped in its anti humanistic Wahhabi ideology veneer and trained and protected by US intelligence. There’re still pictures of John (Song bird) McCain and Lindsey Graham floating on the net with Al Baghdadi the Daesh uber commander who’s also a Mossad operative. Iran nearly eradicated the Daesh in Syria & Iraq thanks to likes of the late General Soleimanis, and more than likely the reason for his assassination. We also know that Alqaeda/Daesh never attacked Israel except for one stray rocket incident to which Alqaeda profusely apologized Israel for, something never heard before or after.

    • Oddly, this might be the prelude to an upcoming false-flag attack by Israel on a US asset in the Middle East that will be blamed on Iran. At least that’s how our Zionist-controlled MSM will explain it. May Heaven help the crew of the USS Sitting Duck.

  3. From the folks who brought you 9/11, more lies, more clumsy attempts to extend the deception right up to the present day. Most thinking people have seen through this years ago and won’t be fooled the next time… Which might be coming right up to keep Trump in office indefinitely.

    • Yes just like the USS LIberty, the most decorated ship in US Navy history and no one knows about, get your DVD copy of Sacrificing Liberty, from Trunews.com

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