In its English magazine Al-Qaida has reportedly called on Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stop citing conspiracy theories that the US was to blame behind 9/11. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images


Terrorist organisation’s magazine reportedly says it is ‘ridiculous’ for Iran’s president to blame the attacks on the US government

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Guardian.co.uk
Wednesday 28 September 2011

Al-Qaida has sent a message to the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, asking him to stop spreading conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks.

Iranian media on Wednesday reported quotes from what appears to be an article published in the latest issue of the al-Qaida English language magazine, Inspire, which described Ahmadinejad’s remarks over the 11 September attacks as “ridiculous”.

In his UN general assembly speech last week, Ahmadinejad cast doubt over the official version of the 2001 attacks.

“The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al-Qaida was behind 9/11 but rather, the US government,” the article said, according to Iranian media. “So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?”

Ahmadinejad said in New York that the “mysterious September 11 incident” had been used as a pretext to attack Afghanistan and Iraq. He had also previously expressed scepticism at the US version of events.

“By using their imperialistic media network which is under the influence of colonialism, they threaten anyone who questions the Holocaust and the September 11 event with sanctions and military actions,” said Ahmadinejad.

The al-Qaida article insisted it had been behind the attacks and criticised the Iranian president for discrediting the terrorist group.

“For them, al-Qaida was a competitor for the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised Muslims around the world,” said the article published in the Inspire magazine. “Al-Qaida … succeeded in what Iran couldn’t. Therefore it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11 and what better way to do so? Conspiracy theories.”

Al-Qaida also accused Iran of hypocrisy over its “anti-Americanism”.

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Site Administrator comment: Some of the more absurd aspects of this story are that Al-Qaida, which British intelligence agents have admitted doesn’t exist, has its own magazine. What’s next – a line of clothing, al-Qaida aps for cell phones, a line of weapons for the urban terrorist? The bizarro world of the ‘war on terror’ takes a turn towards the absurd.