US Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus released a report on Wednesday alleging that IRGC’s elite Quds Force offers support to and has strong links with Al Qaeda. The report was released by the caucus after US troops killed Osama bin Laden in a raid in Pakistan.
"Iran has quietly forged a strong working relationship with core al-Qaeda’s leaders," said the report's author Michael S. Smith II of the strategic advisory firm Kronos. "This relationship has been established to counter American influence in the Middle East and South Asia" [AFP, 5 May].
"Since 9/11, these partnerships have become all the more pronounced. Hundreds of al-Qaeda members, along with family members of core al-Qaeda leaders, have found refuge inside Iran," the report added.