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Iran is providing refuge to around 25 leading members of the Al-Qaeda terror group including three of Osama bin Laden's sons, a German magazine reported.
Cicero magazine said Saad, Mohammed and Othman bin Laden as well as other Al-Qaeda members from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, north Africa and Europe were living in and around Tehran under the protection of Iran's Republican Guard.
Iranian officials Thursday told a U.N. representative that Iran has several unnamed al Qaeda operatives in custody, CNN has learned. The acknowledgment comes as Washington has intensified its accusations that al Qaeda terrorists are inside Iran -- something Tehran had previously denied. U.S. officials said the key question is whether the al Qaeda operatives in custody are allowed to communicate and receive visitors.
Iran has said more than 1,000 members of al-Qaeda have been apprehended in the country since the Taleban regime collapsed in Afghanistan in 2001.
The official said the U.S. had intercepts for months prior to the bombings, which showed that senior Al Qaeda operatives in Iran were communicating with Al Qaeda...
The operatives had been in Iran for at least months, and came there after they fled Afghanistan during the U.S. military's attack aimed at toppling the Taliban government.
In Tehran, Iran's foreign minister insisted his country does not and would not shelter Al Qaeda terrorists, and even has jailed some members of Usama bin Laden's network and plans to prosecute them.
"They are not under arrest or house arrest," the unnamed source told the respected monthly Cicero. "They can do what they like."
Somewhere north of Tehran, living perhaps in villas near the town of Chalous on the Caspian Sea coast, are between 20 and 25 of al-Qaida’s former leaders, along with two of Osama bin Laden’s sons.
Men such as Saif al-Adel, the former military commander of al-Qaida, and Suleiman Abu Ghaith, the bespectacled bin Laden spokesman, are not in hiding but rather in the care — or custody — of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
The management council went west, to northern Iran, where the United States had little sway and the Iranians had little interest in pushing for their arrests. The group included al-Adel and abu Ghaith; Shaik Said, al-Qaida's chief financial officer; Abu Hafs, al-Qaida’s personnel director; the two top aides to Zawahiri; and a mysterious Yemeni, Abu Dahak, who served as al-Qaida’s ambassador to the rebels in Chechnya. On a personal level, two of bin Laden’s teenage sons, Sa’ad and Hamza, also were taken to Iran.
Some within the U.S. intelligence community think Osama bin Laden is in eastern Iran, instead of the rugged tribal areas of Pakistan's northwestern frontier, where most American officials think he is still on the run.
If it was proven that Osama Bin Laden was receiving asylum in Iran as it was proven that Afghanistan was providing a safe haven for Osama bin Laden under the Taliban and the United States demanded that the Iranian government turn over Bin Laden, would Iran do so?
Asked whether the U.S. intelligence community thinks bin Laden may be in Iran, a senior administration official told The Washington Times, "Some people think he is."
Originally posted by snafu7700
but keep in mind that there is always the possibility of his being there without government approval or knowledge. its a slim chance, considering iran's government is full of hardliners, but it is possible.
Originally posted by cjf
Inside of another thread I stated Iran’s current statements and actions are moving her from the ‘spotlight’ to underneath the ‘microscope’ (not a good place for her).
US President George W. Bush yesterday assailed Syria and Iran as terrorism patrons and sought to bolster waning support for the war in Iraq.
“State sponsors like Syria and Iran have a long history of collaboration with terrorists - and they deserve no patience from the victims of terror,” the president told his audience in Norfolk, Virginia, near the home of the world’s largest naval station.
“The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbour them - because they are equally guilty of murder,” he said.
“In the last year, America and our partners in the Proliferation Security Initiative have stopped more than a dozen shipments of suspected weapons technology - including equipment for Iran’s ballistic missile programme,” he said.
Facing slumping support for the war in Iraq, Bush warned that “the terrorists regard Iraq as the central front in their war against humanity. And we must recognise Iraq as the central front in our war against terror.”
“This enemy considers every retreat of the civilised world as an invitation to greater violence. In Iraq, there is no peace without victory - and so we will keep our nerve and win that victory,” said Bush.
“These extremists distort the idea of jihad into a call for terrorism, murder against Christians and Hindus and Jews, and also against Muslims who do not share their radical vision, whom they regard as heretics,” Bush said.
Bush drew parallels between radical Islamic and communist ideologies, saying the “murderous ideology of Islamic radicals was the great challenge of our century.” He said it resembled the struggle against communism in the last century.
Kenneth Katzman, a Middle East analyst at the Congressional Research Service, said it's possible that some of the suspected terrorists are being held in guarded villas, and he doubted any detention is uncomfortable.
"I think that Iran sees these guys as something of an insurance policy," Katzman said. "It's leverage."
Rasool Nafisi, a Middle East analyst who studies conservative groups in Iran, said Iran has returned some lower-level operatives to their home countries but probably is keeping higher-ranking operatives as a bartering chip.
"Remember, Islamic tradition is very much based on haggling," Nafisi said. "If I were the Iranian government, I'd be very happy to have them and to use them in future negotiations with the United States."
asia.news.yahoo.com..." target="_blank" class="postlink">June AP Article
“The combination of a state that supports terrorism, calls openly for export of Islamic revolution, calls openly for destruction of another country and develops nuclear weapons cannot be tolerated any more” --Uri D, Israel
How the Iranian government's plans to create an oil exchange fit into a strategy of weakening US economic hegemony.
Last month the Iranian government quietly reaffirmed plans to create by next year a euro-denominated exchange in oil, natural gas, and other petroleum products. If successful, such an exchange could start to lap at the walls of the two existing oil exchanges - London's International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) - both owned by American companies
The Iranians are about to commit an "offense" far greater than Saddam Hussein's conversion to the euro of Iraq’s oil exports in the fall of 2000. Numerous articles have revealed Pentagon planning for operations against Iran as early as 2005. While the publicly stated reasons will be over Iran's nuclear ambitions, there are unspoken macroeconomic drivers explaining the Real Reasons regarding the 2nd stage of petrodollar warfare - Iran's upcoming euro-based oil Bourse.
In 2005-2006, The Tehran government has a developed a plan to begin competing with New York's NYMEX and London's IPE with respect to international oil trades - using a euro-denominated international oil-trading mechanism. This means that without some form of US intervention, the euro is going to establish a firm foothold in the international oil trade. Given U.S. debt levels and the stated neoconservative project for U.S. global domination, Tehran's objective constitutes an obvious encroachment on U.S. dollar supremacy in the international oil market
Unfortunately, it has become clear that yet another manufactured war, or some type of ill-advised covert operation is inevitable under President George W. Bush, should he win the 2004 Presidential Election. Numerous news reports over the past several months have revealed that the neoconservatives are quietly - but actively - planning for the second petrodollar war, this time against Iran.
"Deep in the Pentagon, admirals and generals are updating plans for possible U.S. military action in Syria and Iran. The Defense Department unit responsible for military planning for the two troublesome countries is "busier than ever," an administration official says. Some Bush advisers characterize the work as merely an effort to revise routine plans the Pentagon maintains for all contingencies in light of the Iraq war. More skittish bureaucrats say the updates are accompanied by a revived campaign by administration conservatives and neocons for more hard-line U.S. policies toward the countries"…"Even hard-liners acknowledge that given the U.S. military commitment in Iraq, a U.S. attack on either country would be an unlikely last resort; covert action of some kind is the favored route for Washington hard-liners who want regime change in Damascus and Tehran."
Originally posted by Souljah
So, please, spare me that "BooHoo There are Terrorists in Iran" Speach, seeker - save it for the people like skippy, cjs, IAF101 and their Friends and relatives.
Originally posted by NR
please can you shut up for once? your almost as annoying as that skippy guy..... Were going to war with Iran tommrow or today or next month, god make up your mind!!! if you want to go war with us than do it now, and stop posting 1 liners u contribute nothing to this thread.
[edit on 28-10-2005 by NR]
[edit on 28-10-2005 by NR]
The Administration has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since last summer. Much of the focus is on the accumulation of intelligence and targeting information on Iranian nuclear, chemical, and missile sites, both declared and suspected. The goal is to identify and isolate three dozen, and perhaps more, such targets that could be destroyed by precision strikes and short-term commando raids
Mr. Hersh’s article is so riddled with errors of fundamental fact that the credibility of his entire piece is destroyed.
Mr. Hersh’s source(s) feed him with rumor, innuendo, and assertions about meetings that never happened, programs that do not exist, and statements by officials that were never made.