Is Iran the Enemy?

Mahmood the smuggler nods up the desert highway toward Iran's mountainous border with Pakistan and Afghanistan. He suspects many of the Arab passengers he guides across are fleeing members of al-Qaeda. "I don't care who you are—even if you're a criminal—I'll take you, as long as you've got the money," he says, revving up his Toyota.

At the same time they are being hunted in Afghanistan and Pakistan, al-Qaeda terrorists are slipping into Iran in droves, often with the aid of smugglers like Mahmood. Shortly before the May 12 bombings in...

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