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Iran Secret Talks w/Al Qaeda (re: OBL's Two Sons Jailed)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Deeper_Background, May 29, 2008.

  1. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    Sources Say Iranian Govt., Terror Group in Contact About Militants Under House Arrest

    Senior U.S. officials tell ABC News that the government of Iran and al Qaeda leadership have secretly been in contact regarding the status of several of the terror group's high-level operatives under house arrest in that country.

    According to U.S. officials familiar with highly sensitive intelligence on this issue, the contacts are on the status of high-level Al Qaeda operatives, including two of Osama Bin Laden's sons, who have been under house arrest in Iran since 2003. The officials don't believe Iran will allow these operatives to go free, but they don't know Iran's motivation for initiating the talks.

    "The Iranians know there would be hell to pay if these guys were set free," a U.S. official told ABC News.

    "Iran likely sees these individuals, as major bargaining chips," says another official. "How and when they're going to use those chips or whether they are going to keep them in the bank is part of an ongoing strategic discussion they are having internally."

    The fate of these Al Qaeda operatives has been one of the most intriguing mysteries in the war on terror. Shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001, Al Qaeda's central leadership broke into two groups. U.S. intelligence believes that one group, headed by Osama bin Laden and Zawahiri, fled to the east to find safe haven in Pakistan's tribal areas. The second group, headed by an Egyptian named Saif Adel went west to Iran. This second group, which intelligence analysts say includes Al Qaeda's management, or "shura," council, includes about two dozen militants, including Adel, Al Qaeda spokesman Suliman abu Ghaith and some of Osama bin Laden's relatives including two of his sons: Saad and Hamza. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/International/story?id=4954667&page=1
  2. markvid

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  3. Pastor

    Pastor Active Member

    That might actually be crabs...
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