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Pence Falsely Claims Iranian General Killed In US Airstrike Aided In 9/11 Attack

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Pence Falsely Claims Iranian General Killed In US Airstrike Aided In 9/11 Attack




While defending President Trump’s decision to authorize the drone strike that killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, Vice President Pence falsely claimed on Twitter that Soleimani helped “10 of the 12” Sept. 11 attackers travel to Afghanistan.

“In Yemen, the Qods Force, under Soleimani’s leadership, has orchestrated and enabled the launch of missiles that have resulted in the deaths of dozens of people in the region. Targets have included civilian airports in Saudi Arabia,” Pence tweeted.

“Assisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan of 10 of the 12 terrorists who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States,” he added in a subsequent tweet.



Links between Soleimani and the 9/11 attacks have not been proven, many experts noted.

Daniel Byman, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a staff member on the 9/11 Commission, told USA TODAY, “To my knowledge, there’s no evidence Soleimani was directly running the 9/11 operatives that were transiting Iran.”

As the bipartisan report from the 9/11 Commission concluded, “We have found no evidence that Iran or Hezbollah was aware of the planning for what later became the 9/11 attack.”

Pence also mentioned 12 attackers, but there were actually 19.

Pence’s tweet drew condemnation from experts, journalists and former government officials.








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