In a veiled reference to the U.S., he charged that the "mysterious" Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were a pretext to invade Iraq and Afghanistan.In response, Al-Qaeda's English-language "Inspire" magazine attacked Ahmadinejad for spreading falsehoods, and claimed it was due to jealously over the Sunni terrorist network's influence in the Islamic world and geopolitics.
For them, Al Qaeda was a competitor for the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised Muslims around the world. Al Qaeda, an organization under fire, with no state, 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.
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 because this would expose their lip-service jihad against the Great Satan.And, of course, plenty of comments below the NYT article are accusing Al-Qaeda of being a CIA front. But what if those commenters are Iranian plants?
...See how this conspiracy theory rabbit hole could go on and on?