Osama Deputy Says Iran Lying About 9/11
He accuses Tehran of giving Israel credit to diminish al-Qaeda
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 4:00 PM CDT
This image released by IntelCenter on Wednesday May 23, 2007, purportedly shows Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, presenting a eulogy for a slain Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah.   (AP Photo/via IntelCenter)
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(Newser) – Al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader says Iran is denying the terrorist group credit for 9/11 by spreading the rumor that Israel masterminded the 2001 attacks on the US. A new audiotape from Ayman al-Zawahiri highlights the growing tension between al-Qaeda and Tehran, the BBC reports, evidence of a sectarian struggle for power in the region.

“The purpose of this lie is clear—[to suggest] that there are no heroes among the Sunnis who can hurt America as no-one else did in history,” said Zawahiri. He also knocked Shia-dominated Iran for collaborating with the US, and accused Tehran of spreading lies to “cover up its involvement with America in invading the homes of Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq.”