Tuesday, July 20, 2004

NEWS.com.au | US digs for Iran link to al-Qaeda terrorists (July 21, 2004)

NEWS.com.au | US digs for Iran link to al-Qaeda terrorists (July 21, 2004): "US digs for Iran link to al-Qaeda terrorists
By Roy Eccleston in Washington
July 21, 2004

US President George W. Bush has stepped up his criticism of Iran, warning the US is now hunting for any evidence the Islamic state was directly involved with al-Qaeda in the September 11 attacks.

The US President said yesterday the US was 'digging' to find possible connections after intelligence emerged that some of the al-Qaeda hijackers travelled through Iran before the strikes that killed 2749 people.
Mr Bush admitted the US did not yet know if there was a direct connection between Iran - one of his 'axis of evil' nations - and the attacks on Washington, New York and Pennsylvania in 2001. But he suggested the US was suspicious.
'We want to know all the facts,' he said in Washington ahead of Thursday's release of the final report of the September 11 commission, which is expected to find that up to 10 of the 19 hijackers travelled through Iran in late 2000 to early 2001.
While acting CIA director John McLaughlin said a day earlier that there was no evidence of a direct connection between Tehran and September 11, Mr Bush said: 'We will continue to look and see if the Iranians were involved'. "

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