شنبه ۲۰ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۴:۴۲ - ۱۰ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
The Islamic regime maintained contacts with al-Qaeda for years, and assisted eight of the 19 September 11 hijackers passage to Afghanistan, but neither Iran nor the eight hijackers could have been aware of al-Qaeda’s plan to attack the US using hijacked passenger jets. July 22, 2004) – In its final report, the independent bi-partisan commission to investigate the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US said Iranian security officials maintained contacts with al-Qaeda for years and allowed passage to Afghanistan to at least eight 9/11 hijackers.
“We found no evidence that Iran or Hezbollah was aware of the planning for what later became the 9/11 attack,” the commission said in its report.
Al-Qaeda and Iranian operatives struck an accord in late 1991 or 1992 to provide training for assaults on Israel and the United States, and terrorist leaders and trainers went to Iran for instruction in explosives, the report said.
The commission said that “intelligence indicates the persistence of contacts between Iranian security officials and senior al-Qaeda figures” after Osama bin Laden returned to Afghanistan from Sudan in 1996.
It quotes captured terrorist leader Walid bin Attash, known as Khallad, as saying the Shiite Islamic regime tried to strengthen ties with al-Qaeda after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole but was rebuffed by bin Laden who was concerned for religious sensitivities of his Sunni Saudi followers.
It also cites captured September 11 planner Ramzi Binalshibh as saying that at least eight hijackers transited Iran en route to and from Afghanistan, “taking advantage of the Iranian practice of not stamping Saudi passports.”
The report said circumstantial evidence suggested that leaders of the Islamic regime-backed Lebanese Hezbollah closely tracked the travel of some hijackers into Iran in November 2000. But it said this may have been a coincidence.