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U.S. Suggests a Qaeda Cell in Iran Directed Saudi Bombings

The United States has intercepted communications strongly suggesting that a small cell of leaders of Al Qaeda in Iran directed last week’s terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, and the United States is sending a strong protest to the Tehran government, according to senior Bush administration officials. The United States has asked Lakhdar Brahimi, a senior United Nations official, to convey to Iranian officials at a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday “our deep, deep concern that individuals associated with Al Qaeda have planned and directed the attack in Saudi Arabia from inside Iran,” an administration official said. An American envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, was supposed to meet with his Iranian counterparts at the meeting, which was primarily called to discuss Afghanistan. But Mr. Khalilzad will now not attend, to protest what administration officials described as “strong suggestions” that Qaeda operatives in Iran were involved in the bombings in Riyadh on May 12, in which 34 people, including 8 Americans, were killed. Full Story

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