Iran 'Foiled Al-Qaeda Attacks'
Iran has foiled planned al-Qaeda attacks aimed at the Islamic Republic, officials in Tehran said on Sunday. But they gave no details or evidence in statements quoted in the Iranian press. “They carried out a whole range of preparations for terrorist acts on Iranian soil, but… these plans were uncovered and foiled,” top security official Hassan Rohani told the official newspaper Iran. It was the first time Tehran said it had been an al-Qaeda target, but Iran has long opposed the network’s former protectors in Afghanistan, the Taleban. Iran’s announcement may be part of its campaign to counter US accusations that it is sheltering suspected members of Osama Bin Laden’s network, the BBC’s David Chazan says. But the implicit suggestion that Iran is a priority target of al-Qaeda is unlikely to convince Western analysts, our correspondent adds. Full Story