Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
UPDATED 7:00 PM PT – Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes al-Qaeda stands to “gain strength and capabilities” in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In an update Tuesday, Pompeo announced sanctions on Iran based al-Qaeda leaders, putting a bounty on the heads of the terrorist group’s leaders.
He argued that Iran has given “a new operational headquarters” to terrorist networks who currently plot fresh atrocities from Tehran.
Secretary Pompeo warned Iran is the “largest state sponsor of terrorism,” and it poses a grave national security threat.
“We now have the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, the Islamic Republic of Iran, as the home base for al-Qaeda,” Pompeo stated. “They are partners in terrorism, partners in hate. This axis poses a grave threat to the security of nations and to the American homeland itself.”
Pompeo offered $7 million for information helping find al-Qaeda’s leader, Muhammad Abbatay.