Iran rejects US allegation on al-Qaida operative

By REUTERS
December 25, 2011 11:40

TEHRAN - Iran rejected as "completely baseless" US allegations that it was harboring an al-Qaida member who is accused of operating as a facilitator and financier for the group from the Islamic Republic, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

The United States announced on Thursday that it was establishing a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to Syrian-born Yasin Suri, who is also known as Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil.

"The American government's recent unwise scenario regarding Iran's involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks and the presence of an al Qaeda member in Iran is completely baseless," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Sunday, according to Fars.

Suri has been accused of helping move money and recruits through Iran to al-Qaida leaders in neighboring countries under an agreement between the group and the Iranian government, Senior State Department official Robert Hartung has said.


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