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Iran says it has identified most of its detained al-Qaeda members

Most of the al-Qaeda members arrested in Iran have been identified, an Iranian government spokesman said, while refusing to give the names, positions or number of the detainees. “Given the strength of our intelligence service, most of them have been identified,” Abdollah Ramezanzadeh told reporters when asked of any progress in the interrogation of suspects Iran says it is holding. Last month, the Islamic republic announced it was holding a “handful” of Al-Qaeda members, after the United States alleged that members of Osama bin Laden’s group operating in Iran were behind the May 12 suicide attacks in Riyadh in which 35 people died. Until Monday, Iranian officials had insisted that they were not aware of who was being held, saying only that interrogations were ongoing. Nevertheless, Ramezanzadeh refused to give any names of those being held, or confirm or deny widespread speculation that Iran is holding several close aides to bin Laden. Full Story

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