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Iranian Force Has Long Ties to Al Qaeda

The elite Iranian force believed to be protecting Saad bin Laden and two dozen al Qaeda leaders is one of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ five branches, and has been given the mission of “exporting the Islamic revolution” by training, arming and collaborating with foreign terrorist groups — even those that do not share Iran’s fundamentalist Shiite brand of Islam. The Jerusalem Force, also known as the Qods Force, is highly trained and well-funded. It has provided instruction to more than three dozen Shiite and Sunni “foreign Islamic militant groups in paramilitary, guerrilla and terrorism” tactics, according to a recent U.S. intelligence analysis. Groups including Hezbollah, or Party of God; the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas); and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have received arms and training at one of several specialized sites in Iran, according to that document. Full Story

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