Al-Arabia – Al-Qaeda’s most prominent historian and Afghan-Arab, strategist Mustafa Hamed, aka Abu al-Walid al-Masri, emerged from Tehran to resume his activity in lecturing radical groups via his website Mafa.
Ties between Iran, al-Qaeda
He met Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani, a leader of a fighting group in Afghanistan in 1979, and he later worked with him from 1992 until 1980. In 1988, he met Bin Laden and they remained friends until the latter was killed in 2011.
Earlier in 1986, he had also met Ayman al-Zawahiri in Peshawar. In 1993, he went to Khost and lived in al-Qaeda camps and also supervised a training program for fighters in Uzbekistan. In 1996, he went to Sudan and stayed there for few a months but he later left Khartoum with Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda commanders and went to Jalalabad.
He met Taliban leader Muallah Mohammed Omar in Kandahar several times and he was among the first Arabs to pledge allegiance to him as commander of the faithful in 1997.