FILE: Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi / Tasnim News Agency
CAIRO – 13 December 2017: Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said Tuesday that Qatar funds some terrorist organizations in the region, Emirati Erem News reported.
Speaking at a seminar on "Terrorism, Extremism and Regional Security in West Asia," Alavi said, according to Erem News, that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Organization and Saudi Arabia’s Wahabbis are the roots of Islamist terrorism.
“One of the factors leading to the emergence of terrorism is insulting and despising religious minorities in some countries,” Alavi stated.
Speaking about the Islamic State (IS), Alavi said that (IS) does not have sovereignty anymore, but still exists. "They lost the lands they had control on, but did not lose their arms," Alavi added.
"The (IS) is looking for 'landing in' Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia to restore the idea of establishing an Islamic Caliphate," Alavi pointed out.
In November, the CIA released documents found after killing founder and head of Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, claiming past connections between Al-Qaeda leaders and Iran.
“Irani people are Twelver Shia. The way they view Sunni Muslims is clear and known. Their ambition to control the Islamic world is known as well. However, they would cooperate with the strictest Salafists and Wahhabis (Islamic branches that oppose Shia), if they thought it would serve their interests even if temporarily, and then renounce them in the proper time,” said one of the documents dated 1428 A.H. (2008) and written by an anonymous writer, apparently an Al-Qaeda senior operative.