Saudi King Salman blamed 9/11 attacks on Israel: US official
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Saudi Arabian King Salman has blamed the 9/11 attacks on Israel when he was questioned by the US over the involvement of Saudi nationals in hijacking the planes which were flown into Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, a former US official revealed on Sunday.
“One of my first calls was with then-governor of Riyadh... Prince Salman, who is now the king," Robert Jordan, the former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, told CNN. "His response was very emphatic this could not have been Saudis, we couldn’t possibly have done this.”
Jordan said the Saudis were accusing Mossad, Israel's storied intelligence agency, of carrying out the attacks in an elaborate conspiracy to deflect the blame on the Arab world.
King Salman, succeeded his half-brother Abdullah upon his death earlier this year, is a 79-year-old stalwart of the royal family.
Born on December 31, 1935, Salman is the 25th son of the desert kingdom’s founder Abdulaziz bin Saud and a prominent member of a formidable bloc of brothers known as the Sudairi Seven, after their mother Hassa bin Ahmed al-Sudairi.
According to Jordan, the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom only acknowledged the involvement of 15 of its nations in the attacks two years later, after al-Qaida terrorists bombed residential compounds in Riyadh.
“At that point, Crown Prince Abdullah said to me that he understood that they had a problem, that they would take immediate action to capture or kill the attackers and to treat just as harshly anyone who gave them comfort or aid or even tried to justify what they did,” he further added.
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What a comedian King Salman is. He must think he gets his vast wisdom from his namesake King Solomon.