Now why would they do this? They are Shia and the Al-Qaeda men are Sunni, and they hate each other, right? And all the conflicts that each frame as jihad are just disguised nationalistic struggles, right? So why would 25 high-ranking Al-Qaeda members roam free in Tehran? What's that? Because they actually do share the same jihad ideology, and are operating along the lines of the principle enunciated by the old Arabic saying, "My brother against my brother, but both of us against our cousin"? What are you, some kind of Islamophobe?
From The Australian, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
IRAN is permitting around 25 high-ranking al-Qaeda members to roam free in the country's capital, including three sons of Osama bin Laden, a German monthly magazine reports.
Citing information from unnamed Western intelligence sources, the magazine Cicero said in a preview of an article appearing in its November edition that the individuals in question are from Egypt, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Europe.
They are living in houses belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the report said.
"This is not incarceration or house arrest," a Western intelligence agent was quoted as saying.
"They can move around as they please."
The three sons of Osama bin Laden in Iran are Saeed, Mohammad and Othman, Cicero reported.
Another person enjoying the support of the Revolutionary Guards is al-Qaeda spokesman Abu Ghaib, the report said.