چهارشنبه ۲۶ مهر ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۳:۳۹
TERROR: US Knew of Hijackers’ Passage through Iran, CIA Director Says
The US Senate 9/11 commission’s report about passage of hijackers through Iran on their way to Afghanistan was “not surprising” to the US, CIA chief said. Terrorists may have passed through Iran illegally and undetected, foreign ministry spokesman said . July 19, 2004 - “This is not surprising to us. I think the count is about eight of the hijackers were able to pass through Iran at some point,” acting CIA director John McLaughlin said on Sunday, confirming that “about eight” of the September 11 attackers had passed through Iran.
But McLaughlin said Washington had no evidence that Iran sanctioned the plot. We have ample evidence of people being able to move back and forth across that terrain.
“However ... we have no evidence that there is some sort of official connection between Iran and 9/11.”
Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said terrorists may have passed through Iran on their way to Afghanistan, without the knowledge of the authorities, denying any link between the Islamic government and the al-Qaeda terrorist network.