US Blames Iran for Secret Al-Qaida Deal

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The US has blamed Iran for entering into a secret agreement with an Al-Qaida offshoot which provides recruits and money for attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The US Treasury Department has announced sanctions against six people accused of running the terrorist network. “This network serves as the core pipeline through which al-Qaida moves money, facilitators and operatives from across the Middle East to South Asia,” a statement from the US Treasury Department said. According to the US Treasury, its revelation of the secret deal will disrupt Al-Qaida’s operations by highlighting Tehran’s role as a “critical transit point” for extremists and money reaching Afghanistan and Pakistan.