Sunday, July 18, 2004

Iran claims al-Qaida is out of the country - (United Press International)

Iran claims al-Qaida is out of the country - (United Press International): "Iran claims al-Qaida is out of the country

Teheran, Iran, Jul. 17 (UPI) -- Iran said Saturday it has located and dismantled all branches of the al-Qaida network in the country.
Intelligence minister Ali Yunesi said his ministry had stopped al-Qaeda's terrorist acts, the BBC reported.
Iran has previously denied allegations that it gave sanctuary to al-Qaida fugitives who escaped the U.S.-led invasion of neighboring Afghanistan. In January, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi announced that 12 suspected al-Qaida members being held in Iran would go on trial, but he did not say when. Among those possibly in Iranian detention are al-Qaida spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith and Osama Bin Laden's son, Saad Bin Laden, Saudi sources reported. Osama Bin Laden's security chief Saif al-Adel, sometimes regarded as al-Qaida's current number three leader and alleged to have trained some of the September 11, 2001, hijackers, is also believed to be in the country."

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