U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has voiced fresh charges about the presence and activities of al-Qaida terrorists in Iran.
One day after insisting there are al-Qaida operatives hiding in Iran, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld elaborated by identifying some of them as "senior" members of the terrorist group.
In a brief exchange with reporters at the Pentagon with Bahrain's visiting Crown Prince, Mr. Rumsfeld also said these al-Qaida leaders have been busy.
"There's no question but that there have been and are today senior al-Qaida leaders in Iran and they're busy," said the defense secretary.
He offered no details. But on Monday, Mr. Rumsfeld hinted these al-Qaida operatives may have played a critical role in directing last week's suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia.
Iran has rejected Mr. Rumsfeld's accusations as unfounded.