Iran’s False Narrative on Al Qaeda

| Norman T. Roule
Norman T. Roule
Former National Intelligence Manager for Iran, ODNI

The United States and its allies routinely describe Iran as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.  Despite this designation, the regime proudly supports Hezbollah, Hamas, the Houthis and the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Tehran funded, trained, armed and supported terror groups targeting U.S. military personnel in Iraq.  But the regime’s relationship with Al Qaeda deserves attention.

Successive U.S. administrations have repeatedly included information in sanctions designations to show that Iran knowingly has enabled Al Qaeda to use its territory to expand its influence, to protect its operatives, and to sustain its operational effectiveness.

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The Author is Norman T. Roule

Norman T. Roule served for 34-years in the Central Intelligence Agency, managing numerous programs relating to Iran and the Middle East.   He served as the National Intelligence Manager for Iran (NIM-I) at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from November 2008 until September 2017.  As NIM-I, he was the principal Intelligence Community (IC) official responsible for overseeing all aspects of national intelligence policy and activities related to Iran, to include IC... Read More

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