The Pentagon and the US intelligence community have been consistently wrong about al Qaeda’s strength in Afghanistan, and evidence of strategic ties between the two groups does indeed exist.
Earlier this month, the Department of Justice announced that two men, Ali Kourani and Samer El Debek, had been arrested and charged with carrying out various missions on behalf of Hizballah’s Islamic Jihad Organization. The IJO serves as Hizballah’s external operations wing, carrying out clandestine missions on behalf of Iran around the world. The complaints allege that Kourani and El Debek were both members of the IJO, which is ultimately controlled by Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who in turn reports “directly” to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Reaching Outside CIA, Obama Picks Treasury Official to Become Agency’s No. 2
British soldiers told not to shout at, insult terror suspects, report claims
Ex-CIA Directors: Interrogations Saved Lives
Senate Panel Faults CIA Over Brutality and Deceit in Interrogations
Qatar runs covert desert training camp for Syrian rebels
CIA considers overhaul that could be largest in agency’s history