Published On: Fri, Feb 17th, 2012

Iran strengthening ties with Al Qaida to launch terror strikes across Europe: Reports

Members of Iran's Basij Islamist militia wave Iranian flags during a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of its establishment at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran. Photographer: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Members of Iran's Basij Islamist militia wave Iranian flags during a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of its establishment at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran. Photographer: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

London, UNITED KINGDOM – Islamic Republic of Iran is alleged to be planning a major terror strike in Europe in partnership with Al Qaida terror group. The strike is said to be conducted during the London Olympics. This was published by the The Daily Telegraph on Thursday with inputs from intelligence officials.

The newspaper, also, alleged that the Islamic republic has improved its ties with Al Qaida “as part of a campaign to target Western interests the world over and, that, this could lead to a spectacular attack in Europe.”

This startling newspaper report comes out amid strong accusations that Iran had attempted to assassinate Israeli diplomats in India, Georgia and Thailand this week.

Tehran “is seeking to expand the network of Western enemies it assists”, the newspaper said quoting unnamed officials.

“As a result, Tehran has loosened restrictions on high level Al Qaida operatives under its controls as well as offering financing and training to the terrorist group’s senior planners.”

The newspaper said security experts believed that recent intelligence suggested Iran and Al Qaida could attempt to find a common project in Europe, “possibly targeting the London Olympics”, which opens in July.

“This is a warning to the West that ‘if you consider attacking our facilities then there will be consequences’,” said Anthony Skinner, the director of the political risk consultants, Maplecroft.

“This would be a significant development that would represent a massive upgrade in Al Qaida’s capacity to strike.”

The Telegraph report comes a day after Sky News reported Wednesday that Iran had sealed a deal with the core Al Qaida leadership to provide advanced explosives training and “some funding and a safe haven” two years ago, a pact that had become “operational”.

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