Iran has foiled a number of attacks which al Qaeda had been planning to carry out on its soil, the official IRNA news agency quoted a senior Iranian official as saying on Sunday. “Their (al Qaeda’s) plans for a wide range of terrorist acts inside Iran were neutralized by our intelligence organizations,” IRNA quoted Hassan Rohani, secretary-general of the Supreme National Security Council, as saying. Rohani gave no details of the planned attacks or whether any al Qaeda members linked to them were arrested. Although a staunch political enemy of Washington, Iran condemned the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States which were blamed on al Qaeda and was fiercely opposed to the rule of al Qaeda’s former sponsors, the Taliban, in neighboring Afghanistan. But the Islamic Republic has acknowledged that its extensive eastern border with Afghanistan is hard to police and some fleeing al Qaeda members may have been able to slip into the country. Full Story
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