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Interview: CIA Files On Cooperation Between Iran And Al-Qaeda

A grab from a video provided by the CIA titled 'Despotism of Big Money' recovered during the 2011 raid on al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, shows Bin Laden speaking.

Bill Roggio a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think-tank in Washington D.C., and a scholar on Global Terrorism says practical relations between Al-Qaeda and Islamic Republic of Iran is still going on.

Bill Roggio along with Thomas Joscelyn another FDD senior fellow were given an advance opportunity to preview the documents, images, and audio and video files recently released by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) relating to Iran, Saudi Arabia, the insurgency in Iraq, al Qaeda leadership, and more.

In an exclusive interview with Nader Sadighi, Radio Farda’s Senior Correspondent in Washington, Mr. Roggio answers questions about various aspects of CIA File on Bin Laden.

Q : Mr. Roggio, in your analysis of the CIA documents you have focused on 19-page piece which is published for the first time and provides details of Iran offering assistance and help to senior Al-Qaeda members such as money, arms and training by Hezbollah members in their camps in exchange for striking US interests in the region and beyond. How credible these claims are?

Q : The CIA File specifically mentions two individuals, Hamza Bin Laden the son of Osama bin Laden, who wed in Iran and is now being groomed as a leader of al Qaeda, and Mohammad Islambuli brother of Khalid Islambuli assassin of late President Anwar Sadat of Egypt who lived in Iran for much of the post 9/11 period.

How CIA did find all these and particularly in such detail?

Q: What was the outcome of these collaborations between Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) and al-Qaeda and was there any attack against US interests in the region or somewhere.

Q: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Djavad Zarif had reacted to the CIA File and called it “Fake News”. What would you say in response to Mr. Zarif?

Q: And finally, do you have any evidence that they are still talking to each other and collaborating?

The CIA document cache reviewed by Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn, FDD scholars includes 6,681 audio files, 10,256 video files, 72,195 images, and 18,367 documents. The files do not include the vast amount of pornography found in the Abbottabad compound, certain copyrighted material, and other files deemed still operationally sensitive.