Skip to comments.20 Al Qaeda Suspects in Custody in Iran - Unable to Confirm
Posted on 07/13/2004 10:31:40 AM PDT by GVnana
No details yet. Follows on news of Bin Laden associate from Iran/Afghan border surrenders to Saudi authorities.
WHAT is goin' on???
Hmm...turning into an interesting day, isn't it? BTT...
Iran might have seen the writing on the wall....
If only the French and Germans would love us!!!!
Add the 500 terrorists Iraqi Police arrested also.
That probably means that they went to Iran on vacation.
Any relevant articles to add from Iranian sources?
Wow! With all these guys showing up in Iran, where do you suppose OBL might be?
maybe Iran has completed its hidden franco-sino-paki-iraqi nuclear processing plant and the AQ diversion footsoldiers can go home now.
Bush timed this to be close to the Dem Convention!!!!!!
Its not fair!!!
As usual, nothing on the Fox website yet. Any of you watching the tube?
A lame duck Bush doesn't have to worry about the political fall-out of nuking Iran's nukes.
And just yesterday I was working myself up over the arrogance exhibited recently by Iran.
It's been no secret that Iran has had numerous AQ leaders in "custody" for a long time now.
you're rght! they ought to be released until the GOP convention...no wait...late October...no....after Kerry is sworn in.
Dims on suicide watch and rope sales skyrocket!
WHAT is goin' on???
Just some chaff to satisfy the Saudis, pissed off that the AQ assets warehoused in Iran with the security services there for the past two years were impertinent enough to start ordering attacks in Saudi Arabia itself.
What the Iranians did to encourage this, I don't know. But I expect they had a hand in some double-dealing.
BTW, most of the recent bombings, Turkey, Spain, etc., have been traced back to figures in Iran.
Also, it's nothing new. Iranians have said for two years that they've "detained" AQ. The Iran/Afghan border story is probably bogus, but offers plausible deniability given the context of repeated stories that AQ "leaders" are in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
It will be interesting to see who these "detainees" are.
Kofi Annan just announced that the UN demands an immediate halt to this recent surge of unilateral surrendering until the Security Council can meet to form a consensus as to whether or not the affected parties actually have broken any international laws or UN resolutions, regarding which he is "appropriately sceptical".
Nothing on Drudge. Linda Vestor stated this on her program. Maybe Reuters?
"where do you suppose OBL might be?" My guess is out sailing around Chappaquidic drinking with Teddy!!
I smell a deal.
I don't know who's involved or what it cost, but I do know that the ayatollah's are not doing this out of the goodness of their hearts.
Maybe Iran will do a Libya instead of a North Korea?
I wonder if the "We're still into pre-emptive strikes" speech was a clear message to Iran...
Either that, or a veiled message to Iran regarding ISRAEL'S will to destroy their reactors. My bets are still on Israel taking out their nuclear capabilities within the next 3-4 months.
Dachile and John-John are deeply saddened!
so what they caught al queda. I hear they do that all the time, Iran gives them clemency if they go fight americans in Iraq.
There is double dealing going on here....
It's all part of the mullahs' "cheat/retreat" strategy as it relates to nukes. Do something brazen, and then act as though you are trying to help the US. We might have let them know that we'll be far more likely to restrain the Israelis from bombing those nuke plants if they cough up some Al Qaeda biggies.
Dang, if Iran goes the way of Libya, GWB will be the greatest peacemaker in 100 years. That would be incredible. I think there is a vast thing going on thru back channels and with the increased alert. I think people are lining up not wanting to be on the bad side of GWB and I think they think Bush will win the election and with nothing to lose, he may go in and clean their clocks.
Fox says only one person has surrendered.
The Iraqi's cracking down with 500 arrests. 500!
Now an apparent cooperation from Iran.
A striking day. Just wish I could find some follow-up on this. I'm not watching the tube right now, so don't know if there is more.
Yep. That was reported shortly after the troops went into Afghanistan.
OH MY, this only means ONE thing! The serpent's head has been cut off! I think OBL is DEAD!
But I'll say, this individual might really have come from Afstan. He's an old timer against the Soviets, and some Afghan locals might have kept him safe for that.
that could make a lot of Haji's rethink the cause...
That's not at all unprecedented. Remember how long it took to bring Khaddafi around to surrendering Libya's WMD materials and programs. And the bulk of the diplomatic back and forth came from the Brits.
Another member of the Axis of Evil will fall, moving North Korea to the head of the class...
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BAGHDAD, Iraq Kurdish security forces have captured 15 militants in northern Iraq, including one man believed to be a senior leader of a local Al Qaeda-linked group, an official in a pro-American Kurdish party said Tuesday.
Among those arrested late Monday evening was a man identified as Hemen Banishiri, reportedly the second-in-command for the radical Kurdish group, Ansar al-Islam (search), said Saadi Ahmed, a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (search) political wing.
The "John-John campaign is being flushed, and you ain't gonna have allies in the WH come November" writing on the wall?
I will now take beatings.
Tehran has been dangling the "Qaida detainees" for months. Crown Prince Abdullah travelled to Iran last year to cut a deal to obtain high level Saudi Qaida operatives including the "Tehran Trio" (Saad bin Ladin, Saif Al-Adel and the cousin of Turki al-Dandani) who planned the Riyadh attacks of May 12.
According to Nawaf Obaid, a Saudi oil and security analyst, the Tehran trio dispatched to Saudi Arabia Ali Abdul al-Ghamdi and Turki al-Dandani "to establish a new cell because al-Qaidas ranks had thinned and it lacked the manpower to carry out attacks in the kingdom." The two hooked up with Youssef al-Ayeeri, who was in the kingdom setting up Qaida training camps in the dessert north of Riyadh.
"Since al-Qaeda cells are purposely kept isolated from each other, only those who recruited and dispatched the operatives know their identities and plans. Perhaps dozens of militants can be traced back to the Tehran trio, and this explains why Saudi authorities [were] extremely anxious to interrogate them."
But the Iranians reneged on the deal and Abdullah returned to KSA empty handed and pissed off.
High level Qaida operatives are under the protection of the Iranian Republican Guard and Foreign Intelligence Services.
As regard to Khaled al-Harbi here is what I think is going on.
He has fallen out of favor with Qaida high command and was in danger of being 'detained' by Tehran so he high tailed it to the Saudi Embassy to take advantage of the King Fahd's amnesty offer. Tehran does detain Qaida operatives, but these are low level people and have no knowledge of operational plans.
Had no idea till people made fun of me, was in a hurry. ;o
No beatings required.
I think the Iranian's have planned all along to hold out until the last possible moment. Well now is the time. About 120,000 Iraqi security forces are beginning to handle things in Iraq ,thus giving a whole bunch of U.S. freedom fighters nothing to do, which makes them very antsy to find some other Murderous regime to tend to in their own loving way.
If I am correct , watch what happens in Syria withing 30 days.They will seal that border so tight a fly couldn't buzz through without being frisked leaving a whole boatload of tangos in Iraq to die on the vine.
The "Tehran Trio" sounds like a pretty high-powered bunch. And the Iranian Republican Guard is it's own little kingdom?
Well I asked the moderator to remove this from breaking news since it hardly applies.
What makes you think that al-Harbi or the two others who also surrendered have fallen out of favor with the senior leadership?
And yes, the IRGC/VEVAK is pretty much autonomous within the Iranian hierarchy.
They've also been getting quite cocky lately:
Not too hard for Iran to figure that when old boy gets back to SA he's going to spill.
Tehran dredges up their "20 captured AQ", without specifying names, and the mullahs are covered, no matter who he says now lives in Iran.
They will get away with it too.
We haven't had any reaction to anything they've done or said lately.
You'd almost think we were ignoring Iran.
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