TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected Washington’s claims about Tehran’s links to the Al Qaeda terrorist group as an attempt to “whitewash” the reality about the Saudi regime’s role in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/ selective AlQaeda docs re: Iran can't whitewash role of US allies in 9/11," Zarif said on his twitter account late on Thursday.
The tweet came after a 19-page Al Qaeda report in Arabic, which claimed Iran supported the extremist group before the 9/11 attacks.
The document, part of nearly 47,000 documents recently released by the CIA, quoted the group’s slain leader Osama bin Laden as saying, “Anyone who wants to strike America, Iran is ready to support him and help him with their frank and clear rhetoric.”
The report was released by the Long War Journal, a publication backed by the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a think tank fiercely critical of Iran and skeptical of its nuclear deal with world powers.
The CIA gave the Long War Journal early access to the material, according to local media.
The New York Post recently published a report saying that “fresh evidence submitted in a major 9/11 lawsuit moving forward against the Saudi Arabian government reveals its embassy in Washington may have funded a “dry run” for the hijackings carried out by two Saudi employees, further reinforcing the claim employees and agents of the kingdom directed and aided the 9/11 hijackers and plotters.”
The report proved that the Saudi government itself was directly involved in funding the attacks.