Iran has arrested several Al Qaeda operatives and they are undergoing interrogation in a new sweep that Washington is fully aware of, a senior Iranian official said Wednesday. Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iran’s U.N. ambassador, was responding to U.S. action breaking off talks with Iran on security and regional issues because of what Washington described as intelligence that Al Qaeda operatives have taken refuge in the Islamic Republic. “We have carried out several important operations against several cells, and we have captured them and put them in prison,” Zarif said in an interview from Paris. “We now have a large security net in the eastern provinces to find suspicious elements. We have done this at a cost of several operations against us by people connected with Al Qaeda.” Full Story
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