Monday, August 25, 2003

IRAN DEPORTS AL-QAEDA
Via Gulf Daily News: IRNA is reporting that Iran has extradited Saudi members of al-Qaeda who have slipped into Iran and were arrested. Whether this report is true is anyone's guess but there's no reason to doubt it besides the fact that Iran and Saudi Arabia were bitter enemies for decades, even though recentely the two regimes are becoming friendlier towards each other. There's also the fact that Iran and al-Qaeda are opposed to each other, especially after 9/11. Iran is trying to ease U.S. pressure by letting al-Qaeda roam around Iran, but when there's tought talk from Washington Iran is ready to detain and hand over a handful of al-Qaeda. This might gain them credibility in the world community, but Bush administration knows what game Tehran is playing.

UPDATE: "Seday-E-Edalat" daily (meaning "Voice of the Government") reports that the hand-over occured in June of this year, during a visit by the Saudi Foreign Minister.

KHOMEINI'S GRANDSON
In an interview with the program News and Views of the Voice of America, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini repeated calls for America to overthrow the regime in Iran. Residing in on the banks of the Tigris River, Khomeini warned that he was a target of an assassination earlier this month.

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