According to a new book by investigative reporter Kenneth R. Timmerman, Osama bin Laden is in Iran where he is receiving medical treatmant and plotting new terrorist attacks on the US. Now, I am normally rather skeptical of claims such as this. But, there is some sense in it. Bin Laden is very ill and does require professional medical attention which would include hospital facilities. He is not going to get that in Pakistan, since there are eyes every where, even in those remote area's where he was protected by the locals. Iran has long been a funder and enabler of terrorism and would enjoy nothing more to see additional attacks on US soil.
Iran is on record as to having detained and "arrested" members of al-Qaeda, including family of bin Laden. There are no real Western intelligence operatives, that we know about, in Iran, so it would be very easy for the Iranians to keep bin Laden under cover. Even if we did have assests in Iran that could pinpoint bin Laden's where abouts, there is the difficulty of reaching out and either snatching or killing him. Timmerman makes an interesting case for bin Laden being in Iran.
"Osama Bin Laden met with top Iranian leaders in a regime safehouse in northern Iran in late 2004 to discuss future terror attacks against the United States and its allies.
The Iranian regime has been sheltering Bin Laden and providing him medical care since that time.
The Iranian regime is also sheltering other top al-Qaeda leaders, including Bin laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, and his top military planner, Seif al Adil.
Bin Laden’s eldest son, Saad bin Laden, has been in Iran since May 2001, where he was received as the "future leader” of al-Qaeda in the event his father was killed during U.S. retaliatory attacks for the 9/11 attack."
The CIA claims this defector, that Timmerman has interviewed extensively, is a master liar, which may well be true. Still it is plausible that Iran is sheltering bin Laden. Some serious investigating into these claims is warranted. - Sailor