January 15, 2021 | Generation Jihad

Al Qaeda in Iran–and Afghanistan

Episode 40

Episode 40

Hosts Tom Joscelyn and Bill Roggio discuss and critique Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on the Iran-Al Qaeda axis. Contrary to much reporting, there is a long history of ties between the two. But there’s also much evidence pointing to al Qaeda’s ongoing alliance with the Taliban, an issue Pompeo is eager to downplay. The guys also explain why the 2001 AUMF isn’t being used to start a war with Iran.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)



Afghanistan Al Qaeda Iran Iran Global Threat Network Iran-backed Terrorism Jihadism Military and Political Power The Long War U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy