As millions of Americans remembered the nearly 3,000 men, women and children killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated his claims that the U.S. staged the attacks to justify overseas military aggression and profit from weapon sales.

“The Sept. 11 [attacks] were actually a planned game to provoke the human community’s sentiments and find an excuse for launching attack on Muslim regions and occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, which led to the massacre of 1 million innocent people,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on Sunday.

According to the Fars News Agency, Ahmadinejad said: “It was said that some 3,000 people were killed on Sept. 11 for which we are all very saddened. Yet, up until now, in Afghanistan and Iraq hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, millions wounded and displaced and the conflict is still going on and expanding.”

Ahmadinejad’s comments are nothing new, but the timing is particularly inflammatory coming on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

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