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As U.S. steps up investigation, Iran denies assisting Al Qaeda

Federal intelligence agencies are following President Bush’s directive to search for hints of Iranian involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, even as the Iranian government on Tuesday labeled such suggestions “ridiculous” and reiterated its official opposition to Al Qaeda. The Bush administration’s abrupt shift of focus from Iraq to its neighboring foe, Iran, came as an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 hijacking plot put the final touches on a roughly 600-page report expected to outline longstanding links between the Iranian government and terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda and Hezbollah. “We’re digging into the facts to determine” if there was an Iranian connection to Sept. 11, Bush told reporters this week, adding that he had “long expressed my concerns about Iran. After all, it’s a totalitarian society where free people are not allowed to exercise their rights as human beings.” Full Story

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