Spokesman Categorically Rejects Presence of Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh strongly dismissed a report by New York Times newspaper that an al-Qaeda terrorist was assassinated in Iran, stressing that no member of the terrorist group is present in the country


According to Ashura reporting from FarsNews:

New York Times quoted what it called as intelligence officials as claiming that Al Qaeda’s second-highest leader, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, accused of being one of the masterminds of the deadly 1998 attacks on American embassies in Africa, was assassinated by Israeli operatives at the behest of the United States in Iran three months ago.

Khatibzadeh categorically dismissed the claims, stressing that no member of the terrorist group is present in Iran.

He advised the US media not to fall into the trap laid by the US and Israeli officials by creating Hollywood-like scenarios.

He reminded that al-Qaeda was the creature of the US and its allies’ wrong policies in the region, saying that Washington and Tel Aviv want to project the blame of the criminal acts of the group and other terrorist groups in the region on Iran.

“Although the US has not, from time to time, spared any effort to raise allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the past too, this approach in the current US government has turned into a permanent trend and the White House has attempted to further promote its Iranophobia plots by repetition of such allegations,” Khatibzadeh said.

He added that such allegations are made within the framework of all-out economic, intelligence and psychological war against the Iranian people and the media should not give a ploy to the White House’s targeted lies against Iran.

Reports in Iran early August said that a Lebanese man and his daughter were shot and killed in Northern Tehran by an unknown assailants.

The two were Habib Dawoud, 58 years old, and his daughter Maryam, 27.

A police source said at the time that the two were in a vehicle and were “shot four times from the driver’s side”.

The source said Dawoud was a history teacher.


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