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Iran vows to expel any al-Qa'ida fighters

Iran denied US claims that it harboured al-Qa’ida members, but vowed yesterday to expel any members of the terror network that it might find. Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, said on Tuesday that there was “no question” that al-Qa’ida members were in Iran. He added that there was speculation about their involvement in last week’s bombings in Saudi Arabia. Abdollah Ramazanzadeh, a spokesman for the Iranian government, said Mr Rumsfeld’s accusations were “without foundation”. Iran had expelled about 500 suspected al-Qa’ida terrorists in the past year, he said. “The only al- Qa’ida members that we know of are the ones that have been expelled. If any exist in Iran they have entered illegally and we have no information about them. “Any Iranian citizen or foreign security organisation which has information about the presence of people suspected of having links to al-Qa’ida in Iran should provide us with that information and we will take action and expel them.” Full Story

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