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Iran's President Mohammed Khatami, right, wants to trade al-Qaeda for better U.S. ties

Al-Qaeda for Sale
IRAN The mullahs are feeling the heat, and it isn't just the thousands of American troops on either side of their country — in Iraq and Afghanistan — making them uncomfortable. They are fending off demands from the U.S. and Britain to open their nuclear installations to international inspection. So they have reached for a few extra bargaining chips: the al-Qaeda operatives they have in custody. Arab sources tell TIME that the Iranians are holding at least 40 of them, most from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait. They're said to include Sulaiman Abu...

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