Baghdad, 23 April (AKI) – Iraq’s national security advisor Muwafaq al-Rubei has claimed Iran is hosting 100 al-Qaeda leaders and members, some of whom are under house arrest.
“In Iran, there are many members of the terrorist organisation, that come from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, North Africa or Yemen,” said al-Rubei in an interview with pan-Arab daily al-Sharq al-Awsat on Wednesday.
According to the national security advisor, some al-Qaeda leaders have been jailed in Iran, while others are under house arrest.
But al-Rubei claimed those under house arrest still have access to a telephone that enables them to stay in contact with al-Qaeda cells in Iraq.
He also said Iraq has asked Iran for information regarding these people but have not received any response.
Al-Rubei has asked for Iran’s collaboration to “interrupt the influx of terrorists to our country”. He said without Iranian support, Iraq could not stop them.
“We have information about other terror groups such as Ansar al-Islam and Ansar al-Sunna that cross the borders between Iran, Iraq and Kurdistan that have contacts with these leaders, and we consider that Tehran must do something to stop them,” said al-Rubei.
Al-Rubei also accused Iran of providing financial support for Shia militias, such as those of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, to create instability that would allow political movements close to Iran to gain power.
“If they [Iran] wanted to, they could do a lot more for the stability of the country, for example, blocking the influx of weapons coming from their country,” concluded al-Rubei.