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U.S. Accuses Iran Of Secret Deal With Al-Qaeda

July 28, 2011

The United States has accused Iran for the first time of a secret pact with Al-Qaeda under which the Islamic republic helps funnel cash, militants and weapons to Afghanistan and Pakistan through its territory.

On July 28, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on six men accused of operating a network which moves Al-Qaeda operatives and money through Iran.

It said in a statement that Tehran has allowed Al-Qaeda operatives to build a "core pipeline" to Afghanistan and Pakistan and has become a "critical transit point" for money and recruits.

The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the six alleged Al-Qaeda agents.

They include an Iran-based member allegedly operating with the permission of authorities in Tehran.

The sanctions forbid U.S. citizens and businesses from engaging in financial transactions with any of the men, and freeze any of their assets in the United States.

compiled from agency reports

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/us_accuses_iran_of_secret_deal_with_al_qaeda/24280157.html

Copyright (c) 2011. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.



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