Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday reaffirmed his doubts about the accepted version of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, describing the strikes as a "suspect event". "Four or five years ago a suspect event took place in New York," Ahmadinejad said in a speech to a public rally in the holy city of Qom.
"A building collapsed and they said that 3,000 people had been killed, whose names were never published." "Under this pretext they (the United States) attacked Afghanistan and Iraq and since then a million people have been killed," he said.
Ahmadinejad did not say who he believed was behind the September 11 attacks.
Meanwhile, the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on Wednesday reported that the opposition Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu stated in a recent speech that the September 11, 2001 attacks had been beneficial for Israel. "We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq," Ma'ariv quoted the former Israeli prime minister as saying. He reportedly added that these events "swung American public opinion in our favor."