Once-detained al-Qaeda operatives slipping of Iran

Some al-Qaeda leaders and operatives who fled to Iran after the 9/11 attacks and were detained there for years are quietly making their way out of the country, former and current U.S. intelligence officials say.

This movement could indicate that Iran is re-examining its murky relationship with al-Qaeda at a time when the U.S. is stepping up drone attacks in Pakistan and weakening the group's leadership.

Iran's Shiite government is generally hostile to the Sunni terrorist group, but they have an occasional relationship of convenience based on their shared enemy, the U.S.

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