In front of the National Press Club, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the killing of Al Qaeda number two man Abu Muhammad al-Masri and that Iran is now the home base for Al Qaeda.

The story had been that Al Qaeda and Iran hated each other but Pompeo says they are partners in spreading terrorism.

Israeli agents shot and killed al-Masri at the request of the United States. This was the first time that Pompeo has officially admitted to al-Masri’s death. Before this, all parties including the United States, Al Qaeda, Israel and Iran all refused to confirm the action. The Democrats will now go into mourning and threaten to impeach him in the death of a terrorist.

al-Masri was responsible for the deadly 1998 attacks on American embassies in Africa, was killed in Iran three months ago, intelligence officials have confirmed. al-Masri’s real name was Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah.

He is just one more notch on President Trump’s gun. The fewer terrorists the better.

Pompeo said:

Since 2015, Iran has also given al-Qaeda leaders greater freedom of movement inside Iran. The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security and the IRGC have provided safe havens and logistical support — like travel documents, ID cards, and passports — that enable al-Qaeda activity.

As a result of this assistance, al-Qaeda has centralized its leadership inside Tehran. Ayman al-Zawahiri’s deputies are there today — and they’re living a normal life. Al-Qaeda terrorists like Sayf al-Adl and the now-dead Abu Muhammad al-Masri have been able to place a new emphasis on plotting attacks.

Tehran has allowed al-Qaeda to fundraise, freely communicate with other al-Qaeda members, and perform many other functions that were previously directed from Afghanistan and Pakistan. They have time and money. They have a range of Iranian support. They have new tools for terror.

The worst state sponsor of terrorism in the world, the Islamic Republic of Iran, is now al-Qaeda’s home base. They are partners in terrorism, partners in hate. This axis poses a grave threat to the security of nations, and to the American homeland itself.

I would say Iran is the new Afghanistan — as the key geographic hub for AQ — but it’s actually worse. Unlike in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda is festering under the hard shell of the Iranian regime’s protection.

Don’t look for Joe Biden to go after the terrorists because as he says, they are only an idea just like antifa.


Steven Ahle

Steven is a syndicated columnist for, The Range and other news websites. He is also an author, whose books can be found on All enjoy a 5 star rating. They are A Walk Through the Willows, Melissa's Song, The Tangled Web, Innocent, The Calculating Corpse and It's All About me.

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