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U.S. Wants Access to Al Qaeda Suspects in Iran

The United States said on Tuesday it wants access to high-level members of al Qaeda who have been detained in Iran so it can interrogate them on any future attacks Osama bin Laden’s network could be planning. 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.” “Some we believe are quite high-level. We would like to get access to them and interrogate them to try and head off whatever plans they have in the works,” U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told reporters in Canberra. “Much of the al Qaeda leadership is dead or in hiding. The ability to conduct terrorism is more difficult, but having said that they are still out there…the battle goes on,” he said. Iran’s government spokesman Abdollah Ramazanzadeh has said al Qaeda members could only be handed over to countries with which Iran had extradition agreements. Full Story

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