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Al Qaeda upset with Iran


An air defense missile is driven past Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during an Army Day parade in Tehran on April 18, 2011.


Atta Kenare

Al Qaeda has dismissed the conspiracy theories held by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who believes that the United States is behind the September 11, 2001 attacks. Enough with the conspiracy theories they've told him, sharply criticizing Ahmadinejad and referring to his comments as "ridiculous" reports the Associated Press

In an interview with the Associated Press, Ahmadinejad said that explosive material, not aircrafts were responsible for bring down the World Trade Center. While Ahmadinejad didn't actually say that the United States staged the disaster, he says that his engineering background allows him to hold the opinion that the twin towers were not brought down by jet liners.

According to the Associated Press:
"A few airplanes without previous coordination known to the security forces and the intelligence community in the United States cannot become missiles and target the heart of the United States," Ahmadinejad said.

But, Al Qaeda's not pleased with his comments:
"Why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?" asked Abu Suhail, author of the article rebuking Ahmadinejad's comments, in Inspire, Al Qaeda's English language magazine. He said Iran wanted to portray itself as a country that stands up to the U.S.

The author continued by remarking that Iran was jealous of al Qaeda.

"For them, al Qaeda was a competitor for the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised Muslims around the world," the article says. "Al Qaeda... succeeded in what Iran couldn't. Therefore it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11 and what better way to do so? Conspiracy theories."

But Iran's having a hard time agreeing with Al Qaeda. He said that the terror publication, which often asks readers to murder Americans, are not actually members of Al Qaeda, but rather secret CIA agents.

According to ABC News:
Iranian state news repeated Ahmadinejad's arguments and said "reports released by al Qaeda are usually believed to be produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)."

CIA denies the allegations that it is responsible for the magazine, which has previously run an article called "How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom."

"There are some allegations that don't even deserve comment," a CIA spokesperson told ABC News. "This is one."