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There is no evidence that Iran and al Qaeda cooperated in carrying out terrorist attacks, according to a study published on Friday that casts doubt on Trump administration statements about close ties between the two.

The conclusions of the study, by the New America think tank, were based on detailed analysis of documents seized in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after U.S. forces killed the al Qaeda leader in 2011.

The findings clash with recent statements by U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggesting Iran has collaborated with al Qaeda, which carried out the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

Debate has swirled over the relationship between Iran, a majority Shi’ite Muslim state, and radical Sunni group al Qaeda since late 2001, when some al Qaeda members fled to Iran after the United States toppled the Taliban government that had sheltered them in Afghanistan.

Read more: Reuters

Donald Trump’s tweet last year that the man accused of the bicycle path terrorist attack in New York “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY” means that attorney general Jeff Sessions can’t make a fair decision on whether to seek his execution, the suspect argued in court papers on Thursday.

Sayfullo Saipov is charged with killing eight people with a rented pickup truck on 31 October 2017. The department of justice, headed by Sessions, is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to seek capital punishment for Saipov, the New York Daily News reported.

In new papers filed in Manhattan supreme court on Thursday, Saipov’s attorney, Jennifer Brown, wrote that Sessions cannot “fairly and independently decide whether to seek the death penalty”.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

The federal government announced on Thursday that it will be providing upwards of a million dollars to the Toronto Police Service over the next three years to fund a program aimed at preventing violent extremism.

Marco Mendicino, parliamentary secretary to the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Eglinton—Lawrence MP, announced the $1,048,000 contribution at a press conference at police headquarters at 40 College St.

The funds will be disbursed from the Community Resilience Fund to FOCUS (Furthering Our Community by Uniting Services) Toronto, a program launched five years ago and led by police, the city and United Way.

Read more: Toronto Star

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will talk tough on terrorism to Pakistan and attempt to strengthen his country's links with India during what is likely to be a difficult and potentially testing visit to South Asia beginning Wednesday.

The visit comes as the US tilts away from Pakistan, while deepening strategic and economic ties with India in a bid to counter China's increasing influence in the "Indo-Pacific" region -- Pompeo's preferred term for the area that stretches from the west coast of the United States to the west coast of India.

Pompeo will have to perform a tricky balancing act, analysts say, as Pakistan is fast falling within China's sphere of influence and its arch-rival India is smarting over a series of trade threats and insults from President Donald Trump.

Read more: CNN

The State Department said Wednesday it had added Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, or JNIM, to its list of foreign terrorist organizations. The step freezes any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bars American from doing business with it or providing the group with any material support.

Mali has faced a wave of violence by groups linked to al-Qaida and Tuareg separatist rebels since 2012, and JNIM has emerged as a leader of extremist violence since it was formed in 2017. It carried out a June 2017 attack at a resort frequented by Westerners in Mali as well as large-scale coordinated attacks in Burkina Faso in March of this year.

Read more: Fox News