Two defectors from Iran’s intelligence service have testified that Iran had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks in US, according to a court filing that has sought damages for Tehran’s direct support for the most deadly act of terrorism in American history.
The defectors in the court filings had said that Iranian officials had “foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks”, The New York Times reported.
The suit, filed in Manhattan court, contends that Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant organisation with close ties to Tehran, helped al Qaeda in planning the attacks on September 11, 2001, and in facilitating the hijackers’ training and travel.
After the attacks, Iran and Hezbollah helped Qaeda operatives escape, providing some with a safe haven in Iran, the suit contends. The question of an Iranian connection to 9/11 was raised by the national 9/11 commission and has long been debated. Al Qaeda, which adheres to a radical Sunni theology, routinely denounces the Shi’ite sect that holds power in Iran, and the terrorist network’s branch in Iraq has often made Shi’ites targets of bombings. Agencies