Shadow War, a just-released Regnery book by New York Times best-selling author Richard Miniter, claims the mullahs in Iran are harboring Osama Bin Laden. The claim is based on the testimony of two Iranian intelligence officials who say they saw bin Laden alive and well — in Iran!
“According to these two sources, bin Laden no longer resembles the picture that the FBI has put on its wanted posters. He has trimmed his beard to fit the more traditional look of a Shi√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęite cleric and he seemed to have put on weight, according to intelligence officials√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬¶.√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě Miniter√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs sources claim bin Laden is constantly on the move, √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??shuttling from Iranian safe houses controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to areas of Afghanistan controlled by the Iranian-backed warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.”
Why would Iran harbor one of the world√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs most notorious terrorists and risk the wrath of the West?
“Choopan [one of the intelligence sources] gives three reasons. First, the Iranians believe they can keep bin Laden√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs presence a secret and plausibly deny it if publicly accused. Second, the mullahs are feeling increasingly threatened by the War on Terror. The mullahs, Choopan says, fear a counter-revolution and see bin Laden√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs fighters as tools they can use to ensure the failure of these young democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan and the survival of mullah-dominated Iran. Finally, they share enemies, including many Arab leaders, the United States, and the rest of the Western world.”