Lebanese international affairs expert Abdo Laqis said that American intelligence agencies staged the 9/11 attacks in order to create a pretext to invade Muslim countries. He made his remarks in a panel marking the 20th anniversary of the attacks, which was aired on Al-Alam TV (Iran) on September 10, 2021. Laqis said that this has been confirmed by "many American, German, and European reports," adding that "all the talk about Al-Qaeda and its offshoots" was in order to legitimize an invasion of Muslim countries, which America had already planned to do. He added that 5,000 Jews did not show up for work on that day, and the interviewer asked whether the Israeli intelligence services were also involved. To this, Laqis responded: "They are all intertwined."
Abdo Laqis: "Regarding this anniversary, I should point out to the dear viewers that after all these years, and after all the reports, it has been confirmed that the events of 9/11 were planned and carried out directly by the American intelligence agencies. All the talk about Al-Qaeda and its offshoots was for the sake of the pre-planned American invasion. Were it not for [9/11] the U.S. would not have been able to invade the Muslim countries that it eventually invaded."
Journalist: "There is some controversy on this issue. This is your opinion."
Abdo Laqis: "Many American, German, and European reports... All the more so, when we remember that there were 5,000 Jews who worked in the two towers, who did not show up for work on that day."
Journalist: "Some people speak about the Israeli intelligence services... Just so we don't focus on the issue of the U.S. alone..."
Abdo Laqis: "They are all intertwined."