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Iran negotiating extradition of senior Al-Qaeda members: diplomats

Iran has been locked in highly secretive and complex extradition talks with Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over prisoners held here who are widely believed to be senior members of Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network, diplomatic sources told AFP. According to the well-placed sources, the Islamic republic could deal the biggest blow to the network since the United States-led war in Afghanistan by handing over some of bin Laden’s closest aides. The sources said they have strong reason to believe that three top Al-Qaeda fugitives have been detained in Iran. One is Egyptian-born Saif al-Adel, thought to have taken over as Al-Qaeda’s number three from military operations chief Mohammad Atef, who was believed killed in Afghanistan. Full Story

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