Iran Probe Staff
Friday, 15 June 2018
Mohammed-Javad Larijani, the international affairs assistant in the Iranian judiciary, and former deputy foreign minister in an interview with the Iranian state run TV Network 2 has revealed that Al Qaeda members passed through Iran to go to Afghanistan and other countries without stamping their passports to conceal their route.
Following a decision by a US judge that the Iranian government was guilty of aiding Al-Qaeda, and Iran must pay damages to families of the victims of 9/11 attacks, Larijani said , “ The long report of the 9/11 commission, which was chaired by people such as Lee Hamilton and others, asked about Iran’s role in the issue in pages 240 and 241... a series of reports stated that Al-Qaeda members who wanted to go to Saudi Arabia and other countries such as Afghanistan or others, and who entered Iranian territories by land or by air, asked the Iranian authorities not to stamp their passports that if the Saudi government knows they’ve come to Iran, it will prosecute them. Our government agreed not to stamp the passports of some of them because they were on transit flights for two hours, and they were resuming their flights without having their passports stamped. However their movements were under the complete supervision. They took this as evidence of Iran’s cooperation with Al-Qaeda and viewed the passage of an airplane through Iran’s airspace, which had one of the pilots who carried out the attacks and a Hezbollah military leader sitting (next to) him on board, as evidence of direct cooperation with Al-Qaeda through the Lebanese Hezbollah”
Earlier this year, a US judge found the Iranian government guilty of aiding Al-Qaeda, ruling that Iran must pay $6 billion to families of the victims of 9/11 attacks.
Larijani’s statement is further testimony to link branches of Iran’s government to Al-Qaeda. Documents ceased from Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hideout in Abbottabad in Pakistan when he was killed in 2011 revealed further details about Al-Qaeda group ties with Iran.
Al-Arabiya said that a letter sent to bin Laden, and examined by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy in America, confirmed that Iran was willing to provide everything the terror group needed, including money and arms, in exchange for attacking US and Saudi Arabian interests in the Gulf.
Information published by the New York court, after investigating the 9/11 attacks, also concluded that Iran’s embassies in London and Berlin, also helped to facilitate travel for Al-Qaeda members.
The 113 letters in bin Laden’s handwriting, which were disclosed by the CIA in 2016, included bin Laden’s directions on how to deal with Iran. In one letter he is reported to have described Iran as a key player for the Al-Qaeda movement as he tried to dissuade people from targeting Iranian interests.
Trump administration condemns Iran’s role in facilitating 9/11 attacks, according to a report by Adam Kredo in Washington Free Beacon
"We understand an Iranian official affirmed what was previously documented in the 9/11 Commission Report—that Iranian officials helped conceal the travel of al Qaeda members through Iran, on their way to and from countries in the region, including by not placing Iranian stamps in their passports," a senior State Department official told the Free Beacon.
"These actions once again confirm the egregious nature of the Iranian regime and are further evidence of the regime's malign role in the world," the official said.
The Trump administration is working on multiple fronts to counter Iran's support for terrorism and will not hesitate to amp up pressure on the regime, the official said.
"The administration is determined to counter Iran's destabilizing behavior and will increase our pressure on the regime to change its behavior," the official said.