Iran is the “new home base” of al-Qaeda, says Pompeo

On Tuesday Iran has given a new operational headquarters to al-Qaeda, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. He added that the Islamic Republic is “the new home base” for the terror group. “Tehran gives sanctuary to the terror group’s senior leaders as they plan attacks against America and our allies,” Pompeo added. He noted that since 2015, “Tehran has allowed al-Qaida figures in the country to freely communicate with other al-Qaeda members and perform many functions that were previously directed from Afghanistan and Pakistan, including authorization for attacks, propaganda, and fundraising.”