Bin Laden files seized by CIA reveal Iran’s support leading to the Sept. 11 terror attacks


osama bin ladenDUBAI , UAE: The CIA’s release of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has again raised questions about Iran’s support of the extremist network leading up to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

US intelligence officials and prosecutors have long said Iran formed loose ties to the terror organization from 1991 on, something noted in a 19-page report in Arabic that was included in the release of some 47,000 other documents by the CIA.

For its part, Iran has long denied any involvement with al-Qaida. However, the report included in the CIA document dump shows how bin Laden, a Sunni extremist from Iran’s archrival Saudi Arabia, could look across the Muslim world’s religious divide to partner with the Mideast’s Shiite power to target his ultimate enemy, the United States.

“Anyone who wants to strike America, Iran is ready to support him and help him with their frank and clear rhetoric,” the report reads.

The Associated Press examined a copy of the report released by the Long War Journal, a publication backed by the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank fiercely critical of Iran and skeptical of its nuclear deal with world powers. The CIA gave the Long War Journal early access to the material.

The material also included never-before-seen video of bin Laden’s son Hamza, who may be groomed to take over al-Qaida, getting married. It offers the first public look at Hamza bin Laden as an adult. Until now, the public has only seen childhood pictures of him.

The release comes as President Donald Trump has refused to recertify Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers and faces domestic pressure at home over investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The 19-page report included in the CIA release was available online Wednesday. The CIA later issued a warning about the files on its website, saying that since the material “was seized from a terrorist organization … there is no absolute guarantee that all malware has been removed.” The CIA then took down the files entirely early Thursday, saying they were “temporarily unavailable pending resolution of a technical issue.”

“We are working to make the material available again as soon as possible,” the CIA said.

The unsigned 19-page report is dated in the Islamic calendar year 1428 — 2007 — and offers what appears to be a history of al-Qaida’s relationship with Iran. It says Iran offered al-Qaida fighters “money and arms and everything they need, and offered them training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon, in return for striking American interests in Saudi Arabia.”

This coincides with an account offered by the US government’s 9/11 Commission, which said Iranian officials met with al-Qaida leaders in Sudan in either 1991 or early 1992. The commission said al-Qaida militants later received training in Lebanon from the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which Iran backs to this day.

US prosecutors also said al-Qaida had the backing of Iran and Hezbollah in their 1998 indictment of bin Laden following the al-Qaida truck bombings of the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

Al-Qaida’s apparent siding with Iran may seem surprising today, given the enmity Sunni extremists like those of the Islamic State group have for Shiites.

But bin Laden had run out of options by 1991 — the one-time fighter against the Soviets in Afghanistan had fallen out with Saudi Arabia over his opposition to the ultraconservative kingdom hosting US troops during the Gulf War. Meanwhile, Iran had become increasingly nervous about America’s growing military expansion in the Mideast.

“The relationship between al-Qaida and Iran demonstrated that the Sunni-Shiite divisions did not necessarily pose an insurmountable barrier to cooperation in terrorist operations,” the 9/11 Commission report would later say.

The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden (inset) lived Photo: EPA
The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden (inset) lived Photo: EPA

Before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, Iran would allow al-Qaida militants to pass through its borders without receiving stamps in their passports or with visas gotten ahead of time at its consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, according to the 19-page report. That helped the organization’s Saudi members avoid suspicion. They also had contact with Iranian intelligence agents, according to the report.

This also matches with US knowledge. Eight of the 10 so-called “muscle” hijackers on Sept. 11 — those who kept passengers under control on the hijacked flights — passed through Iran before arriving in the United States, according to the 9/11 Commission.

However, the commission “found no evidence that Iran or Hezbollah was aware of the planning for what later became the 9/11 attack.”

For its part, Iran has denied having any relationship with al-Qaida since the 1998 attacks on the embassies. Iran quietly offered the US assistance after the Sept. 11 attacks, though relations would sour following President George W. Bush naming it to his “axis of evil” in 2002.

On Thursday, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency, which is close to the hard-line paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, dismissed the CIA documents as “a project against Tehran.”

Iranian media on Thursday did not immediately report on the release of the 19-page report.




65 responses to “Bin Laden files seized by CIA reveal Iran’s support leading to the Sept. 11 terror attacks”

  1. The only people still in denial of this “relationship” would be Iran and their minions. The evidence is there, the motive is there, and Iran’s daily stated hate for the US has always been there. It was a well know fact that several Bin Laden family members and AQ associates have been to and lived in Iran.
    Nobody believes Iran’s denials and lies and there is definitely a connection. Iran is like the Godfather of terrorism.
    Below is an interesting analysis and assesment on Iran’s current affairs and military/terrorism “projects”.

    Iran: Be My Bitch And I’ll Make You Rich

  2. History (read: lies) does repeat.

    According to intelligence sources, that selective Bin Laden document dump has a specific political agenda with content that has been carefully and selectively published by the CIA in order to manipulate Americans into believing that Iran and Al Qaeda are working together.

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      Honestly now, why would the Iranians and HA fight the like of Al-Qaeda in Syria if they were in bed with them. I think this is building up and testing the waters to begin a new war somewhere.

      1. Voilà.

        There is zero evidence, none whatsoever, that Iran colluded or is colluding with Al-Qaeda and their likes. But that seems irrelevant to the Anglo-American-Israeli establishment who want to get rid of the last standing central power in the Middle East. Satanyahoo has not been demonizing and making up lies about Iran since the late 90s for any reason. In the same way, IsraHell pushed and forced fed the WMDs lie to the US Congress about Iraq.

        Also, let’s conveniently forget that Saudi Arabia was involved 9/11. For some reason, the US government doesn’t want to release the infamous 28 pages and prevents 9/11 victims from suing KSA.

          1. Don’t throw links in the hope to make a point.

            Link 1: NGO source.
            Link 2: “claims”
            Link 3: “supposed relationship”

            Where is the evidence?

          2. Rudy1947 Avatar

            You’re throwing up….literally and you thrive on links. So why shouldn’t I or another else throw the same crap back at you.

          3. Did you just admit the links you posted were crap?

            Unlike you, I use links with worthy content that back up my claims and/or present a solid argument.

            Your first link is an opinion formulated by an NGO. In normal times, I wouldn’t emphasis on the source and would tackle the message but in the light of the CIA’s hundreds of store-front NGOs to spread propaganda, I have no choice.

            Your second link speculates and throws a series of conjectures, claims and what not but establishes no evidence.

            Your third link is another attempt at attempting to establish a link between Iran and Al-Qaeda but fails.

          4. Rudy1947 Avatar

            I admitted you posted crap.

            Your article had all three criticisms combined in one.

          5. Had you read it, the article I posted sheds light on the CIA’s claims.

          6. Rudy1947 Avatar

            The very title of the article gives immediate pause and lame comments like:

            “At various points in the relationship, the document reveals, Iran offered Al Qaeda help, in the form of “money, arms” and “training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon, in exchange for striking American interests in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.”

            But at other points in the relationship, according to the document, there were angry rifts, leading to forced detention of key Al Qaeda officials.”

            Geez sounds just so many political relationships today and throughout history. Damn, it sounds like many marriages.

          7. You argue like a teenager: Which article is that quoted part from and what point are you trying to make?

          8. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Yours, sonny. Didn’t you read YOUR article?

          9. You’re being cunning. The article did not say that. You quoted a quote in the article.

          10. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Yeah, I quoted a quote from the article you didn’t read.

          11. I don’t post anything I haven’t read and cross-examined.

            I am questioning your aberrant argumentative approach.

            You wrote:

            “The very title of the article gives immediate pause and lame comments like:

            • The title of the article is: “Hannity and the CIA team up to ramp up war drums with Iran“.

            • The “lame comments” are quotes within the article. When an article quotes someone or something, it does not mean the author or that article says the quoted part.

          12. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Obviously you missed one. Now that you have read it, you still do not address it.

          13. What did I miss? You said the title of the article “gives immediate pause” but fail to explain how. You then said the comments are “lame” when there is no comment but quotes. You ended your comment with “geez” and “damn” and as usual said absolutely nothing.

            Now that you are, again, cornered, you have engaged your typical cunning and evasive methodology where you will divert so long and so much that nobody will remember what the original discussion was about.

          14. Rudy1947 Avatar

            ROFL, give it up guy. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

          15. I am not the one trying to proof there is evidence of collusion between Iran and Al-Qaeda. You are.

          16. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Where’s HandFullofBull to correct your spelling.

            You are the one trying to disprove the collusion, just not doing so well.

          17. How can I disprove what doesn’t exist in the first place?

          18. Rudy1947 Avatar

            I’m sure HandFullofBull would approve of your spelling correction.

            Then why did you post the link in the first place?

          19. The link I posted does not prove or disprove anything. It sheds light on the discrepancies of the CIA’s claims and how to the CIA cunningly tries to make (non-existent) links between Iran and Al-Qaeda.

          20. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Consider us two folks who have shed light upon the earth. How touching.

          21. Another case of non lieu.

          22. LOL, look at him try to cover up his fail.

          23. I take it you share Rudy’s IQ level.

            He quoted a quote in the article and tried to pass it as the article itself. Hence why I asked which article.

          24. You know he defends Iran regardless of evidence. The mullah government uses the very same tactics of lie and deny.

          25. Incorrect. I am asking for evidence. Unlike you and your ilk here, I cannot blindly and docilely believe what the mainstream media feeds.

        1. I thought you wrote 5 days ago in a previous post” I can care less about the mullahs of Iran”.
          Why are you defending Iran now ?

          1. You claim you “thought” but the end result isn’t any different: nil.

            I also can care less about many other “governments”, it doesn’t mean I wish to see war waged on them.

          2. In addition to lying you are also rude . I was trying to be polite when I said I “thought “but you actually said so in your post and the the end result isn’t any different from all your posts : they are all a piece of shit
            For someone who lives and earns his living in the US I find your allegiance to Iran very suspicious.

          3. Forgive me; I didn’t mean to offend you.

            What have I lied about? I did write that (did I say otherwise?) but you misunderstood it. I didn’t think I would have to explain myself: yes, I can care less for the mullahs in Iran. That doesn’t mean I wish to see another Anglo-American war waged on a country that nothing but be an obstacle to their hegemony.

            Where did I write “they are all a piece of shit”? Can you show me.

            p.s.: I don’t live nor work in the US.

          4. I remember a post you addressed several years ago to 5th in which you indicated you lived somewhere near Boston. Did you move since

          5. Wrong person. I have been to Boston and several other US cities but don’t live/work there. I was born, raised and live in Lebanon.

          6. Rainbow Sponge Avatar
            Rainbow Sponge

            What language do you speak with people in Lebanon.

          7. Fasi of course, to the other Pazdaran.

          8. You entitled to speak for me now?

          9. You said “don’t live/work there ” . Did you ever live or work in or near that area?

          10. No. Never lived never worked in the US.

        2. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          ‘CIA’s final report: No WMD found in Iraq’

          ‘US officials knew in May Iraq possessed no WMD’

          ‘Report concludes no WMD in Iraq’

          ‘There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq’

          1. A most excellent post.

      1. • Were there WMDs in Iraq?

        • Where is the evidence between Syria and ISIS?

        • Where is the evidence between Iran and Al-Qaeda?

        Put up or shut up.

        1. Rainbow Sponge Avatar
          Rainbow Sponge

          No. Saddam’s mustard gas and sarin never killed a million Iranians and Kurds (just like your holocaust denial).

          1. You know very well that the mustard gas and sarin incidents have nothing to do with the WMDsnin question. But since you brought it up:

            IA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

            I don’t see the relevance of the Holohoax but I can only assume that a Zionist vermin like you can’t help but bring it up – question of reinforcing one of the biggest lie in the hope that it becomes true. But alright, care to explain to me:

            • Why did the “6 million” number appear over a hundred time in the press, decades before WW2?

            • Why is there not a single war document attesting if the Jewish death toll of WW2? This is confirmed by Holohoax authorities.

            • Why is there no forensic evidence of that so-called “gas chambers”?

            • Why did Auschwitz‘ number keep decreasing. From millions to about hundred thousand?

            When you answer those questions, I have a long list of others. Get busy.

          2. Rainbow Sponge Avatar
            Rainbow Sponge

            Where did you say you teach? the University of Vagina?

          3. Haha.

            Cornered much rat?

          4. Rainbow Sponge Avatar
            Rainbow Sponge

            By your alternative facts?

          5. If they are “alternative”, you should have no problem tackling them. Get busy.

          6. Rainbow Sponge Avatar
            Rainbow Sponge

            They are alternative, without the if factor.

          7. The funny part is that you know they aren’t but try hard to convince yourself they are.

        2. The answer to WMD/Iraq, is a lying shia troll named Ahmed Chalabi.

          1. You claim there is an answer but nobody on Earth, other than you, seems to know about the so-called WMDs in Iraq.

          2. The point is, Ahmed Chalabi gave faulse information about locations of WMD to GWB in order to get the US to take Iraq (for Iran). And George fell for it. Ahmed was an Iranian agent. You can do your own research.

          3. I know who Chalabi is and what he did. However, suggesting that he is solely responsible for the 2003 US invasion of Iraq after Bush fell is ludicrous.

            The 2003 US invasion of Iraq was, 100%, planned by the Anglo-American-Israelis. They even knew Iran and Al-Qaeda (separately and not together) would exploit the situation. I invite you to read the following article where it’s all depicted in details (from CFR statements to war preparations):

            The Balkanization of Syria & Iraq: The Roadmap to US-Israeli Hegemony in the Middle East

            As you folks say: you can’t make that shit up.

          4. Rainbow Sponge Avatar
            Rainbow Sponge

            “nobody on Earth, other than you, seems to know”

            The Syrian government knows where 3amo Saddam’s WMD stash ended up…

          5. Yes, the Anglo-Americans tried to push that same lie – all while failing to provide a single shred of evidence – like they did for Iraq. You should join their ranks and keep trying or are you already?

      2. Danny Farah Avatar
        Danny Farah

        totally agree! everything is fake to Omega if he doesn’t agree with it. How the hell Bin Laden got all these weapons and training if it was not for Iran. Since he hated the Saudi royals where else can get all the training. Syrian Assad used to open the border for Al Qaeda to go into Iraq. The same AL Qaeda that bombed the mosques and shiites places. Of course it’s fake news to Omega. we are used to him mastering the arts of lies and deceits.

        1. Once again, the emotions in you comment are high and the facts low to non-existent.

          When I wrote that Hariri Sr. wanted to make of Lebanon and Islamic State for its Saudi masters, you distorted my comment and claimed I said present Hariri let ISIS in Lebanon.

          When you claimed all sorts of conjectures and I asked you to show evidence, you always went silent.

          But it is me who is lying. Right.

          To answer your question: Al-Qeada was financed by KSA and armed, trained and supported by the US. You would know that if you had the slightest clue about history.

          1. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            You are full of it and I am tired of your Bullshit.

          2. I suppose you never heard of the Afghan-Soviet war?

          3. He is here to defend Iran, as evident in his constant deflection of everything anti-Iran in the news. Very typical of mullah supporters.

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