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Iran Vows to Expel Any Al Qaeda Members It Finds

Iran Wednesday denied U.S. accusations it harbored al Qaeda members but vowed to expel any it might find as it has with some 500 people suspected of ties to Osama bin Laden’s network. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday there was “no question” some al Qaeda members were in Iran. He added there was some speculation about their involvement in last week’s bombings in Saudi Arabia. Iranian government spokesman Abdollah Ramazanzadeh said Rumsfeld’s accusations were without foundation. “The only al Qaeda members that we know of are the ones that have been expelled from Iran. If any exist in Iran they have entered illegally and we have no information about them,” he told a weekly news conference. “Any Iranian citizen or foreign security organization which has information about the presence of people suspected of having links to al Qaeda in Iran should provide us with that information and we will immediately take action and expel them quickly,” he added. Full Story

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