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Iran Holds Key Al Qaeda Member, U.S. Says

Iran has in custody the top military commander of Al Qaeda, a former security chief for Osama bin Laden who is believed to be responsible for some of the terror network’s most destructive attacks, including the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa and recent strikes on residential compounds in Saudi Arabia, U.S. officials say. The officials said Iran had detained Saif Adel, one of Al Qaeda’s most wanted leaders, and said the Bush administration was closely monitoring the situation, including possible efforts to return the Egyptian militant to his home country, a staunch U.S. ally in the war on terrorism, for interrogation and perhaps trial. “We have reason to believe he is in some kind of custody [in Iran], but whether that means a jail cell or some kind of comfortable hotel suite, we don’t know,” said one U.S. official, adding that Iran has had Adel under wraps for “a couple of months.” Full Story

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