Al-Qaeda Terror Suspects Traced to Iran

(Los Angeles Times) - European investigators point to an increasing presence in Iran of al-Qaeda figures, including suspected masterminds of this year's train bombings in Madrid and last year's car bombings of expatriate compounds in Saudi Arabia. Iranian officials have alternately pursued and tolerated al-Qaeda because the group serves as a tool for Iran's geopolitical interests in neighboring Iraq and against key foes: the U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia. In a March 10, 2001, conversation wiretapped by Italian police, a Libyan named Lased ben Heni, a member of a terrorist cell in Milan, said, "There's total collaboration with the Iranians....It's better to go to the Iranian Embassy in London because it's very smooth and then everything's well organized all the way to the training camps."

2004-08-03 00:00:00

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