Analysis

Why the ‘Spectacular Attack’ Report Cannot Be Ignored
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would deny direct involvement in a terrorist attack on the West in order to preserve diplomatic alliances. But Iran is already assisting al-Qaeda, and could be helping to plan the kind of spectacular attack that is rumored. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
February 17, 2012
| Security
| Asia and the Pacific
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Reports that Iran is cooperating with al-Qaeda on plans for a “spectacular” attack on the West have to be taken seriously, particularly in light of the attempted assassinations of Israeli diplomats last week and the revelation last year that al-Qaeda had begun using Iran as a transit point to its bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Iran could be helping al-Qaeda in very specific ways to plan the kind of high-profile attack that would allow it to once again assert itself as a serious threat to security in the world.
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