There couldn’t have been a more awkward time for a diplomatic visit for President Barack Obama.
In an attempt to refute rumors suggesting that U.S. ties with Saudi Arabia are deteriorating, White House officials assured President Barack Obama "really cleared the air" with King Salman during a one-on-one meeting on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, fresh evidence emerged showing the Saudi government's possible links to 9/11 terror plot.
It has been revealed that the flight certificate of an Al-Qaeda bomb maker, Ghassan al-Sharbi, was discovered hidden in an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C., when he was arrested in 2002.
Flight certificate from al-Qaeda bomb maker who trained with 9/11 hijackers found in envelope from Saudi Embassy pic.twitter.com/B9jtCbCWCG— Dave Lawler (@DavidLawler10) April 20, 2016
Al-Sharbi reportedly went to the same flight school in Arizona as the 9/11 hijackers, though he didn’t take part in the attacks.
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The revelations are a part of “Document 17,” a 47-page “work plan” by two American officials who examined possible foreign involvement in the attacks.
The investigation, completed in June 2003, was kept secret until last July.
Last week, it made its way to international headlines after Brian McGlinchey, activist with 28pages.org, published part of “Document 17” hinting at Saudi involvement.
The newly uncovered evidence by McGlinchey puts increased pressure on President Obama to release all information related to 9/11 attacks.
However, it also raises questions as to why the U.S. government is “clearing the air” with a country that could have multiple links to 9/11 terrorist attacks, while waging the so-called war on terror elsewhere.
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Last year, a report authored by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and other humanitarian groups, revealed how the American retaliation against terrorism, in the wake of September 11 attacks, caused 1.3 million deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan — with 1 million deaths in Iraq alone.