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Iran Denies Al Qaeda Presence in the Country

Iran rejected on Thursday U.S. claims that Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network had established a presence in Iran. “Iran’s seriousness in fighting against terrorism and expelling those suspected of links to al Qaeda has always been clear, transparent and sincere,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi was quoted by state television as saying. Washington has repeatedly accused Tehran of sheltering fleeing Taliban and al Qaeda members from neighboring Afghanistan and of trying to destabilize the interim government in Afghanistan. “We see disturbing signs that al Qaeda has established a presence in both Iran and Iraq,” CIA Director George Tenet told the U.S. Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday. But Iranian officials have repeatedly denied the allegations and said the Islamic Republic had never backed the al Qaeda network, blamed by Washington for the September 11 attacks on the United States. Full Story

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