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Saudi Arabia allegedly funded 'dry run' for 9/11 attack, fresh evidence reveals

The 9/11 attacks killed nearly 3000 people. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Web Team New York, United States Sep 10, 2017, 02.25 PM (IST)

Fresh evidence in major lawsuit filed against Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks reveals that its embassy in Washington may have funded a "dry run" for the hijacking of the planes by two of Saudi employees used in the attack.

The amended complaint -- filed on behalf of the families of around 1,400 victims who died in the terrorist attacks -- has alleged that two years prior to the attacks, the Saudi Embassy paid for two Saudi nationals, living undercover as students in the US, to fly from Phoenix to Washington "in a dry run for the 9/11 attacks."

The findings reinforce the claim that employees and agents of Saudi Arabia directed and aided the 9/11 hijackers and plotters, a report in the New York Post said.

The report quoted lawyers for the plaintiffs as saying that the court filing has provided new details that shows "a pattern of both financial and operational support" for the 9/11 conspiracy from official sources in Saudi Arabia.

The lead attorney for the 9/11 plaintiffs, Sean Carter said, "We've long asserted that there were longstanding and close relationships between the al Qaeda and the religious components of the Saudi government."

"This is further evidence of that."

Earlier, rejecting Trump's continuous attacks on Tehran, Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari said that the US President should rather have discussed how to prevent Saudi Arabia from carrying out another 9/11 attack.

Trump, in his address at the Riyadh Summit, repeatedly slammed Iran claiming that it funds arms, trains militias that spread destruction and chaos and pointed to Iran's support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad as he committed "unspeakable crimes."

The Iranian Foreign Minister emphasised that Trump himself had earlier suggested that Saudi Arabia was behind the 9/11 attacks. Majority of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudi citizens and speculations have suggested that members of the Saudi hierarchy were involved in the attack.

Reportedly, Gulf countries were used to receive funds from banks in Pakistan and UAE, owned by the UAE royal family, to allegedly finance terror strikes in the US in 2001 and Mumbai in 2008.

The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the US on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.The attacks killed 2,997 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least USD 10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.

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