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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Al-Qaeda tells Ahmadinejad to stop ‘ridiculous’ 9/11 theories

Even al-Qaeda is sick of hearing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s conspiracy theories.


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers a speech. (Ashraf Shazly - AFP/Getty Images)
The glossy al-Qaeda-run magazine Inspire’s latest issue — a commemorative issue for the 9/11 attacks — calls Ahmadinejad’s belief “ridiculous” and says it “stands in the face of all logic and evidence.”

In an address before the U.N. General Assembly last week, Ahmadinejad reiterated his belief that the U.S. government was somehow behind the attacks.

The magazine appears to have criticized the Iranian leader because it didn’t want anyone else taking credit for the attacks, writing: “Iran and the Shi’a in general do not want to give al-Qaeda credit for the greatest and biggest operation ever committed against America.”

The issue was entitled “The Greatest Special Operation of All Time,” and its cover image shows a silhouette of the World Trade Center made up of dollar signs. (See below.)


In addition to its remarks on Iran, the issue bragged of American-born al-Qaeda followers, including California-born Adam Gadahn, now a spokesman for al-Qaeda in Pakistan, and North Carolina-born Samir Khan, the man behind the magazine’s slick graphics.

Also included was a photo preview of the next edition of the magazine, showing what appears to be Americans in long robes in front of Grand Central Station with the caption: “Targeting the populations of countries that are at war with the Muslims.”

An FBI official told Fox News that “Grand Central Station is not a new threat target,” and that the Joint Terrorism Task Force “continues to work diligently with our partners throughout the city to mitigate every threat and keep every target safe.”

The issue was the seventh for the glossy English-language magazine, which was created by New Mexico-born cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi in July 2010 to spread the message of al-Qaeda and help inspire homegrown terrorism. Aulaqi is believed to be in hiding in Yemen.

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Tags:  World, Iran, Inspire Magazine, al-Qaeda, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 9/11 attacks, Anwar al-Awlaki

 
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