U.S. intelligence officials and prosecutors have long said Iran formed loose ties to Bin Laden’s terror organization from 1991 on.
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The CIA's release of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden appears to bolster U.S. claims that Iran and Hezbollah supported the militant network leading up to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. U.S. intelligence officials and prosecutors have long said Iran formed loose ties to the terror group from 1991 on, something noted in a 19-page Al-Qaeda report in Arabic that was included in the release of some 47,000 other documents by the CIA.The unsigned report is dated in the Islamic calendar year 1428 (2007) and offers what appears to be a history of Al-Qaeda's relationship with Iran. The commission said Al-Qaeda militants later received training in Lebanon from Hezbollah, which Iran backs to this day.U.S. prosecutors also said Al-Qaeda had the backing of Iran and Hezbollah in their 1998 indictment of Bin Laden following the Al-Qaeda truck bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.For its part, Iran has long denied any involvement with Al-Qaeda. Iran has denied having any relationship with Al-Qaeda since the 1998 attacks on the embassies.The 19-page report describes Iranians later putting Al-Qaeda leaders and members under house arrest sometime after the Sept. 11 attacks.
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