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Report: Iran Extradites Qaeda Members to Saudi Arabia

Iran has extradited a number of Saudi members of al Qaeda to Saudi Arabia, the official Iranian news agency IRNA, monitored in London by the BBC, reported on Saturday. IRNA quoted Tehran’s ambassador to Riyadh as saying the al Qaeda members had been arrested in Iran after the U.S.-led war on Afghanistan, but did not name them, or say how many had been extradited or when they had been handed over to Saudi Arabia. The envoy, speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of a conference in Tehran, said Iran and Saudi Arabia, leading oil producers and both Muslim nations, had signed a security pact and “have shown a firm resolve to improve ties in all areas,” the BBC said. Last Sunday IRNA quoted Hassan Rohani, secretary-general of the Supreme National Security Council, as saying that Iran had foiled a number of attacks al Qaeda had been planning to carry out on its soil. “Their (al Qaeda’s) plans for a wide range of terrorist acts inside Iran were neutralized by our intelligence organizations,” IRNA quoted Rohani as saying, though he gave no details. Full Story

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