January 14, 2010

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday described the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States as a “suspicious” event.

Speaking in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Ahmadinejad asserted that many “experts” believed that the 9/11 attacks were a US-Israeli plot to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq.

“They want to dominate the Middle East with their military presence and all their planning is aimed to achieve this goal. Human rights, fighting nuclear weapons and fighting terrorism is all a big lie,” he said. “Even the event of 11 September is a suspicious incident,” the president added.

This was not the first time that Ahmadinejad, who often rails against the West, questioned the 9/11 attacks. In April 2008, he also described the attacks as a “suspect event”, reports the BBC.

On Wednesday, Ahmadinejad said that “many researchers and scholars” believe the attacks were an excuse for waging war in Afghanistan and Iraq and “occupying” Pakistan.

“They even instigated Saddam [Hussein] to [wage] the eight-year war against our nation in order to dominate the Middle East,” Ahmadinejad said.

The 9/11 attacks were the worst terrorist attacks on American soil, with nearly 3,000 deaths