Iran's Ahmadinejad calls Sept 11 "big fabrication"

TEHRAN Sat Mar 6, 2010 9:47am EST

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends the International Conference on National and Islamic Unification of Palestine Future, in Tehran February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends the International Conference on National and Islamic Unification of Palestine Future, in Tehran February 28, 2010.

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called the September 11 attacks on the United States a "big fabrication" that was used to justify the U.S. war on terrorism, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Ahmadinejad, who often rails against the West and Israel, made the comment in a meeting with Intelligence Ministry personnel.

It came amid escalating tension in the long-running dispute between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear program, with the United States pushing for new U.N. sanctions against the major oil producer.

Ahmadinejad described the destruction of the twin towers in New York on September 11, 2001 as a "complicated intelligence scenario and act," IRNA reported.

He added: "The September 11 incident was a big fabrication as a pretext for the campaign against terrorism and a prelude for staging an invasion against Afghanistan." He did not elaborate.

Nearly 3,000 people died in the hijacked airliner attacks on New York and Washington, which were carried out by al Qaeda operatives.

In January, Ahmadinejad termed the September 11 attacks "suspicious" and accused the West of seeking to dominate the Middle East.

Ahmadinejad, who has called for Israel to be wiped off the map, was re-elected in a disputed presidential vote last June that stirred the largest display of internal unrest in the country since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

(Reporting by Ramin Mostafavi and Hashem Kalantari; writing by Fredrik Dahl; editing by Noah Barkin)

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Comments (29)
freud101 wrote:
He’s right. September 11th is just as big a fabrication as the Holocaust. By way of contrast, here is a perfectly true statement: Iran is developing nuclear energy for totally peaceful uses.

These days it is very important to know what is true and what is false.

Mar 08, 2010 1:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tampamom25 wrote:
Apparently he suffers from the usual liberal ailment…whatever he says is true, no matter what evidence is available to the contrary.

Mar 08, 2010 1:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Champsummers wrote:
Can you say a small minded, insecure, delusional, madman. Someone needs to slap him around for a while.

Mar 08, 2010 1:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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