Iran long provided shelter and protection to the founder and former commander of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the predecessor to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), which rose to power due in large part to Tehran’s support, according to multiple intelligence reports and outside experts.
AQI leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was given protection by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGS) and was provided with resources to rebuild the infrastructure that has enabled ISIL to take over much of Western Iraq, according to these reports.
A controversial senior adviser to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is receiving criticism for tweeting that the recent takeover of Iraqi cities by a violent terror group is proof that a Muslim “caliphate” is making an “inevitable” return.
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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Army Maj. Jason Wright, a member of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s defense team, informed the court Thursday morning that he will be retiring from the military in order to continue defending his client, who stands accused of orchestrating the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Victims of the 9/11 terror attacks expressed shock that the FBI may be meddling in the hearings here, and some speculated that it is part of an effort by the Obama administration to completely derail the hearings and force them into federal court stateside.
The 9/11 hearings came to a halt on Monday morning just thirty minutes after they had begun following accusations by defense lawyers for the accused terrorists that members of their team had been approached to participate in an FBI investigation.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—A commander from Guantanamo Bay’s infamous—and until recently highly secret—Camp 7 will testify this week in military court about how prisoners are treated in the highly secure compound, which houses 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other high value terror suspects.