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Iran: al-Qaida Leaders May Be in Custody

In a reversal, Iran left open the possibility Thursday it may have top al-Qaida operatives in custody, including the terror network security chief suspected by U.S. officials of planning attacks in Saudi Arabia. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi’s comments to The Associated Press contradicted his statement Monday, when he was quoted as telling state-run radio that al-Qaida members detained in Iran “are not senior members of the group.” Instead, he said Thursday, Iran is unsure of the identities of the al-Qaida members it has detained and Saif al-Adil may be among them. “None of the al-Qaida members in our detention have been identified yet. We do not know whether leaders of the terrorist group, including Saif al-Adil, are in Iran or not,” Asefi told The Associated Press. Full Story

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