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Al-Qaida Tells Iran: Stop Promoting Sept. 11 Conspiracy Theories

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the U.N. last week.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the U.N. last week.

The latest issue of Inspire, an English-language magazine believed to be produced by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, chastises the Iranian government and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in particular for spreading "conspiracy theories surrounding the events of 9/11."

"The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the U.S. government," the magazine writes, according to a pdf copy posted by the website publicintelligence.net.

"So we may ask the question," the essay continues. "Why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?"

The writer also says Iran is waging only a "lip-service jihad against the Great Satan [the U.S.]."

Just last week at the United Nations, Ahmadinejad accused the U.S. of using "the mysterious Sept. 11 incident as a pretext to attack Afghanistan and Iraq."

(H/T to ABC News' The Blotter.)

Note: NPR follows Associated Press style on the spelling of al-Qaida.

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