Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi speaks during a press conference on Aug. 22, 2016 in Tehran. AFP / ATTA KENARE
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Tehran Tuesday denied allegations made by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman that Iran was harboring Osama bin Laden's son and supporting him as the new leader of Al-Qaeda.Iran's murky and fluid relationship with Al-Qaeda has contributed to tensions with Riyadh, which previously accused Tehran of backing Al-Qaeda and sheltering its members. Prince Mohammad told CBS in an interview that Iran was protecting Al-Qaeda operatives, including some of bin Laden's relatives.Hamza bin Laden was one of several bin Ladens who ended up in Iran after the September 11 attacks on New York in 2001 .Intelligence veterans say that Iran, in pursuing its own ends, has in the past taken advantage of Al-Qaeda militants' need to shelter or pass through its territory.
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