1. Cahoots

    U.S.: Iran in Alliance With Al Qaeda

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, gestures, as he delivers his speech, after unveiling a five-volume book set containing "Documents on the Allied Occupation of Iran during World War II", at the presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Ahmadinejad last year ordered the formation of a team to study the damages the country suffered from the 1941 Allied invasion in order to demand compensation. Britain and the Soviet Union invaded Iran on August 26, 1941, codenamed "Operation Countenance" to secure Iranian oil fields and ensure supply lines for the Soviets fighting Axis forces.

    Vahid Salemi / AP Photo

    For the first time, the U.S. has formally accused Iran of entering into an alliance with al Qaeda. The Treasury Department described an extensive Iran-based fundraising operation designed to funnel money and weapons to al Qaeda's forces in Pakistan and Afghanistan. U.S. officials say that Iran is helping al Qaeda, despite differences in religious beliefs, to assert control in the region after the U.S. departs. The Treasury issued sanctions against six people it says are heading al Qaeda's fundraising network with the support of Iranian authorities. Iran denied the claims.

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