Al-Qaida rejects Iran’s 9/11 conspiracy theories
CAIRO (AP) - Al-Qaida has sharply criticized Iran’s president over his suggestions that the United States government was behind the Sept. 11 attacks and not al-Qaida, dismissing the comments as “ridiculous.”
During his trip to New York last week for the U.N. General Assembly, Ahmadinejad claimed in an interview with The Associated Press that explosive material and not planes brought down the World Trade Center. He stopped short of saying the United States staged the disaster, but said that as an engineer, he’s sure New York’s twin towers were not brought down by jetliners.
“A few airplanes without previous coordination known to the security forces and the intelligence community in the United States cannot become missiles and target the heart of the United States,” Ahmadinejad said.
In an article posted online Wednesday in the terror network’s English-language Internet magazine “Inspire,” al-Qaida rejected the Iranian leader’s suggestions.
“Why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?” asked the article’s author, Abu Suhail. He said Iran wanted to portray itself as a country that stands up to the U.S.
“For Iran, anti-Americanism is merely a game of politics. It is anti-American when its suits it and it is a collaborator with the U.S. when it suits it,” Abu Suhail said.
He cited a number of examples of when Iran allegedly cooperated with the U.S., including in the invasion of Afghanistan. He also said the Shiites in Iraq, who are supported by Iran, “brought the American forces to the country and welcome them with open arms.”
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