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US official plays down terror case against Iran

The evidence that Iran may be harbouring al-Qaeda operatives is far less clear-cut than has been claimed by top figures the Bush administration, a senior US official said on Thursday. Donald Rumsfeld, US defence secretary, has alleged twice over the past week that senior al-Qaeda figures were in Iran. “They are busy,” he said. However, US officials monitoring Iran’s policies since an influx of al-Qaeda operatives fleeing Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime say the picture emerging from Iran is less clear than administration officials have suggested. “We are dealing with guesses here. I think that what is going on inside Iran is a matter of uncertainty, with regard to the regime’s role,” the official said. “Possibly there are some elements within the [Iranian] Republican Guard that have some contacts with al-Qaeda. But is there a policy? Who knows? The main way in which Iran has figured is essentially as a big chunk of land next to Afghanistan. It is an obvious place for al-Qaeda to go.” Full Story

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