Iran: Won't Hand Over Al Qaeda Members to U.S.
Iran said on Monday it would not hand over any detained members of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network to Washington and denied trying to strike a prisoner exchange deal with the United States. Iran publicly acknowledged for the first time last month that it was holding some senior al Qaeda figures and said it planned to extradite some of them to “friendly countries.” On Saturday the New York Times quoted a U.S. official as saying Washington had approached Tehran with a request to hand over al Qaeda men in Iranian custody, including Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian thought to be al Qaeda’s security chief. The paper said Iran wanted the United States to hand over members of the People’s Mujahideen Iranian opposition group, currently under U.S. control in Iraq, in return. Full Story