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Published on November 15th, 2010 | by Ali Gharib


AQAP Denounces Islamic Republic of Iran

I’ve written before about the thin evidence for the case that Al Qaeda is tied to Iran (Cliff May‘s argument boils down to: ‘Well, they’re all jihadists! Connection!’). But Max Fisher, writing for the Atlantic has another powerful counter-weight for these propagandistic accusations: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the teeny-tiny but noise-making affiliate of AQ Central, has denounced the “apostasy” of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Fisher specifically refers to a recent pronouncement by U.S. born and Yemen-based AQAP leader Anwar al-Awlaki, the inspiration behind several attacks against the U.S. in the past year.

Fisher writes:

In a video posted to jihadi forums on Monday, Anwar al-Awlaki, an ideological leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and influential figure to allied jihadist groups worldwide, denounced Iran. He urged his followers to place the Iranian regime in the same category as traditional al-Qaeda target, “the American occupation.”

Bu- bu- but they’re all “jihadists”!

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  1. avatar BiBiJon says:

    Anwar is not being original.
    Not long ago AQ Central rounded on Iran too.

    Bu,bu. But these are just facts. In this planet only opinions matter, and the more unhinged the more they seem to matter.

About the Author


Ali Gharib is a New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy with a focus on the Middle East and Central Asia. His work has appeared at Inter Press Service, where he was the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief; the Buffalo Beast; Huffington Post; Mondoweiss; Right Web; and Alternet. He holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A proud Iranian-American and fluent Farsi speaker, Ali was born in California and raised in D.C.

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