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Iran lines up its al-Qaeda aces

The Iranian government has confirmed the identification of some of the al-Qaeda detainees in its custody. Although it has not yet released their names, there are unconfirmed reports that they include high-ranking al-Qaeda members. If this is true, Tehran could deal a heavy blow to the group by extraditing them to their respective countries. This could give the Iranian government a bargaining chip to demand concessions not only from the respective Arab states, but also from the United States, which has so far failed to neutralize the terrorist group. In his weekend press conference, Iranian government spokesperson Abdullah Ramezanzadeh stated that “we have not been able to identify all al-Qaeda members [in our custody]”. And he added, “And even if we did, there [were] no reasons for us to give their names to the press. This is a security issue, and this is how security apparatuses work.” As for the fate of the al-Qaeda members, he stated in an earlier press conference that those who had committed crimes in Iran would be tried in that country, while others would be extradited to their respective countries. Full Story

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