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Remember Iran’s Role in 9/11 – Joseph I. Lieberman (WSJ via Daily Alert)

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Sept. 9, 2016

Remember Iran’s Role in 9/11 – Joseph I. Lieberman (Wall Street Journal)

  • A key al-Qaeda partner, Iran, has never been held responsible for its enabling role in the worst terror attack on American soil – even though the 9/11 Commission found that “there is strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of al-Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers.”
  • As the Washington Institute’s Matthew Levitt and Michael Jacobson have concluded, “Iran and al-Qaeda reached an informal agreement to cooperate, with Iran providing critical explosives, intelligence, and security training to bin Laden’s organization.”
  • Because the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) already supported Hizbullah operationally and financially, a vehicle was in place through which Iran could support and influence al-Qaeda. Operating through Hizbullah gave Iran immense freedom to funnel money and weaponry and to train al-Qaeda operatives in deadly tactics that would be employed around the world, including against the U.S.
  • The coordinated 1998 truck bombings targeting the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were a direct result of the Iranian terror training, according to a finding by Judge John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in a 2011 case.
  • After 9/11, Iran became a more important haven for al-Qaeda fighters who fled from Afghanistan as the Taliban collapsed. From their safe base in Iran, al-Qaeda members planned terrorist operations, including the 2003 attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that killed 26 people, including eight Americans, and the 2008 attack on the American Embassy in Yemen.
  • In 2011, the Treasury Department officially accused Iran, as a Wall Street Journal report put it, “of forging an alliance with al-Qaeda in a pact that allows the terrorist group to use Iranian soil as a transit point for moving money, arms and fighters to its bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
  • Newly declassified letters captured in the May 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden reveal that in a 2007 letter, bin Laden directed al-Qaeda not to target Iran because “Iran is our main artery for funds, personnel, and communication.”

    The writer, a former U.S. senator from Connecticut, is chairman of United Against Nuclear Iran.

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