Donald Trump claims he knows who was behind the al-Qaeda terror attacks on the World Trade Centre in September 2001 – and according to the US president, “It was not Iraq.”

He told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos:

And, by the way, Iraq did not knock down the World Trade Centre. It was not Iraq. It were other people. And I think I know who the other people were. And you might also.

He also criticised his predecessor, president Bush, for his decision to "go into the Middle East".

I've been rebuilding the military. Our military was totally depleted between president Bush with the Middle East and, you know, just - it was a terrible decision to go into the Middle East. Terrible, terrible. I - I happen to think it was the worst decision made in the history of our country, going into the Middle - it's like quicksand

Some people thought he was peddling a well-touted internet conspiracy.

And found his words funny.

Others pointed to the wealth of information available about the tragedy.

Comedian Jon Stewart recently appeared before the House Judiciary Committee and delivered a passionate testimony in support of a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which the house unanimously went on to pass.

In a fiery speech, Stewart called the House’s involvement "shameful", calling attention to how few members of congress had appeared to hear him and meet the many 9/11 first responders accompanying him.

“None of these people want to be here,” Stewart said of those behind him during the speech.

But they are, and they’re not here for themselves… They’re here to continue fighting for what’s right.

Almost 3,000 people died when 19 terrorists, mostly Saudi Arabian, hijacked four passenger planes on 11 September 2001 before crashing two of them into the Twin Towers in New York City, one in the Pentagon in Virginia, while another was brought down in Pennsylvania when passengers fought back.

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