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Iran: 500 al Qaida suspects deported

U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice warned Iran on Sunday to stop supporting terrorists, hours after Tehran announced deporting 500 al Qaida suspects. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said those deported had entered Iran after the collapse of the Taliban regime in neighboring Afghanistan in December 2001. But despite the Iranian assurance, Rice said there were reports that Iran was supporting terrorists. “We have consistently said that Iran is a sponsor of terrorism. That’s one reason that the president (Bush) singled them out in his State of the Union (address),” Rice told Fox News. “And we have called on the Iranian government, particularly that part of it that is elected, to act like elected officials and to worry about the concerns and the needs of the Iranian people rather than supporting terrorism,” she said. She said Iran’s support of terrorism was “not a new thing; it’s been there for a while.” But Kharrazi said Iran has continued to arrest and deport al Qaida suspects since the collapse of the Taliban regime which had allowed al Qaida to build a terrorist network in Afghanistan. Full Story

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