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US releases 28 long-classified pages of 9-11 report

Timothy A. Clary, AFP | The “Tribute in Light” illuminates the sky behind the 9/11 Memorial waterfalls and reflecting pool in New York on September 10, 2014, the night before the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Friday released 28 pages of the official report on the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States that had been classified for 13 years.

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The United States probed links between the Saudi government and the 9/11 attacks, finding multiple suspicions but no proven ties, documents declassified Friday showed.

Following a decision by President Barack Obama, the so-called "28 pages" of findings were made public, showing that intelligence agencies were not able to "identify definitively" Saudi links to attacks on US soil, including the 2001 plane strikes on New York and Washington.

Saudi Arabia welcomed on Friday the release of the classified pages and hoped their release would clear up suspicions about Riyadh's actions, intentions or long-term friendship with the United States.

"Since 2002, the 9/11 Commission and several government agencies, including the CIA and the FBI, have investigated the contents of the '28 Pages' and have confirmed that neither the Saudi government, nor senior Saudi officials, nor any person acting on behalf of the Saudi government provided any support or encouragement for these attacks," Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Abdullah al-Saud, said in a statement.

"We hope the release of these pages will clear up, once and for all, any lingering questions or suspicions about Saudi Arabia's actions, intentions, or long-term friendship with the United States."

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
 

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