|From today's Fox News web site:
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran last month gave the U.N. Security Council (search) the names of 225 suspected Al Qaeda operatives it detained and returned to their countries, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Sunday.
Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi confirmed for the first time in July that Iran was holding "a large number of small and big-time elements of Al Qaeda."
U.S. officials have said intelligence suggests that Al Qaeda figures in Iran include Saif al-Adl, a top Al Qaeda agent possibly connected to May bombings in Riyadh (search), Saudi Arabia; Abu Mohammed al-Masri, wanted in connection with the bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998; Abu Musab Zarqawi, whom some U.S. officials describe as the key link between Al Qaeda and toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein (search); and Al Qaeda head and mastermind Usama bin Laden's eldest son, Saad.
American and Saudi Arabian officials say intelligence reports suggest several of bin Laden's top echelon have been in Iran. They also believe that Al Qaeda operatives based in Iran coordinated the May 12 homicide bombings of housing complexes in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, which killed 26 bystanders. Nine bombers also died.
Iran has said the Al Qaeda figures it has in custody could not have been involved in the Riyadh attacks because they were detained beforehand.
YEA, RIGHT! Nukes! Terrorists! Do we need any more reason to initiate a regime change in Iran? Oh! I forgot, we need to ask the UN. We’ll all be cinders before they do anything. One comforting thought, Europe is closer to Iran than the US is.