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Iran Reports Sweep Against Qaeda Smugglers

Iran has arrested several suspected members of Al Qaeda in recent weeks as part of a crackdown that American and Iranian officials say has shut down a major smuggling operation on the Iranian border with Pakistan. The most important disruption of activities of would-be terrorists who had sought refuge in Iran came in mid-January, Iranian officials said in early February. It was then that Iranian security forces uncovered and dismantled a network used to smuggle Afghans or Afghan-Arabs — some of them linked to Al Qaeda — across the porous border of Pakistan into the Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan. A Defense Department official who monitors reports of Qaeda movements confirmed the Iranian crackdown, saying: “Iran has made some arrests. It’s made some of the terrorists there uneasy. They’re not too comfortable being there anymore.” The Pentagon official did not know precisely how many suspected Qaeda members Iran had been arrested or what the Iranian authorities had done with them. Full Story

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