Al Qaeda to Iran: We Did 9/11

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, gestures, as he delivers his speech, after unveiling a five-volume book set containing "Documents on the Allied Occupation of Iran during World War II", at the presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Ahmadinejad last year ordered the formation of a team to study the damages the country suffered from the 1941 Allied invasion in order to demand compensation. Britain and the Soviet Union invaded Iran on August 26, 1941, codenamed "Operation Countenance" to secure Iranian oil fields and ensure supply lines for the Soviets fighting Axis forces.

Al Qaeda has one message for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said that the Sept. 11 terror attacks were actually carried out by the U.S. government: it was us, you fool! In the latest issue of the al Qaeda magazine Inspire, a writer takes aim at Iran for spreading "ridiculous" 9/11 conspiracy theories about the "Great Satan," a.k.a. the United States. The author says that Iran sees itself as a rival of al Qaeda when it comes to hating America and was thus jealous of the 9/11 attacks. "Al Qaeda ... succeeded in what Iran couldn't," the author writes. "Therefore it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11 and what better way to do so? Conspiracy theories." Apparently looking to expand their voice in the media, al Qaeda asked for more contributors to the magazine "with any skills—be it writing, research, editing, or advice."