Iran army: Al-Qaida's rise in Mideast more dangerous than nuclear bomb - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News Al-Qaida's rise in Lebanon and Syria poses a greater threat to Europe than nuclear weapons, the chief of Iran's armed forces said on Monday, adding that the militant organization had a new leader replacing Osama bin Laden. The comments by Iranian Major General Hassan Firouzabadi comes ahead of a planned round of P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran, due to take place later this month in Moscow. Speaking to the Iranian news agency Mehr on Monday, Firouzabadi said that the "danger of establishing Al-Qaeda on the southeast coast of the Mediterranean is more dangerous than the threat of nuclear weapons." â€œThe global arrogance which created al-Qaida and the Taliban and then received serious blows from them and today claims it is at war with al-Qaida in the Islamic country of Pakistan," he said, "is establishing Al-Qaeda in Syria and Lebanon." Firouzabadi added, that al-Qaida had a new leader to replace the assassinated Osama bin Laden, adding that the United States "knows" who that person is, and saying that he was "terrorists and mercenaries in the southeast Mediterranean." â€œIt is necessary that the United Nations, the Security Council, the secretary general of the United Nations, and the Human Rights Council prevent this new disaster in the world,â€ the Iranian official said.