n Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a press conference outlining evidence of a close relationship between Iran and Al Qaeda. Mr Pompeo went so far as to say that global terrorist organisation has established its "home base" in the country, and labelled Iran as "a new Afghanistan", in reference to the Afghan Taliban government formally hosting Al Qaeda training camps in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The co-operation between the Taliban and Al Qaeda resulted in the US decision to invade Afghanistan in the fall of 2001.
Few would compare Iran's relationship with Al Qaeda to that previously enjoyed by the Taliban. Nor is it certain Iran has become the terrorist group's definitive "home base". These doubts have resulted in the current US administration's detractors branding all claims of an Iran-Al Qaeda relationship entirely baseless. But they are not entirely baseless.