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Iran Wants U.S. to Swap Rebels for Qaeda Men -Times

Iran wants the United States to hand over members of an Iranian opposition movement in return for any al Qaeda figures it extradites to Washington, the New York Times said on Saturday. The newspaper quoted a U.S. official as saying Washington had approached Tehran with a request for the handover of members of Osama bin Laden’s network in Iranian custody, including Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian thought to be al Qaeda’s security chief. But the approach, relayed through the Swiss embassy that handles U.S. interests in Tehran, did not include any proposed swap and the United States “did not receive a positive response,” the Times quoted the official as saying. A senior Bush administration official told the newspaper the administration would reject any kind of swap for members of the Mujahideen Khalq, which is listed by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist organization. Full Story

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