Iran Accuses CIA Of Spreading Fake News About Raid That Killed Osama Bin Laden
Iran has accused the CIA about spreading a fake news about the Islamic republic with newly declassified files seized in the 2011 raid in Pakistan in which Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed.
Om Wednesday, CIA had released 470,000 additional files found in May 2011 when US Navy SEALs burst into Laden’s compound in Abbottabad and shot him dead.
According to the scholars from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), who were allowed to see the trove before it was made public, the files shed new light on the murky relationship between the Sunni extremist group and Shiite Iran.
The foreign minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed the allegations. He took to Twitter and wrote:
A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/ selective AlQaeda docs re: Iran can’t whitewash role of US allies in 9/11
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 2, 2017
The release of the files comes as US President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to ramp up pressure on Iran, refusing to certify a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. Iran denies any link to Al-Qaeda and has provided financial and military backing to help the Syrian regime fight Sunni extremists and other opponents.
The Fars news agency, which is close to Iranian conservatives, said that the selective publication of documents by the CIA related to Al-Qaeda was part of efforts to put pressure on Iran.