The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people and shook millions around the world, forming the basis for British-backed wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. But many have questioned the official version of events given on the day of September 11, claiming scores of inconsistencies within the state’s narrative. Among the chief detractors was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former President of Iran. The relationship between the United States and Iran might accurately be described as “frosty” and during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 2010, Ahmadinejad did nothing to diffuse the escalating tensions. “In identifying those responsible behind the 9/11 attacks, there were various viewpoints,” he said. “Some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order to save the Zionist regime. “The majority of the American people, as well as most nations as politicians around the world, agree with this view.” His allegations caused two US ambassadors sitting within the assembly to leave the meeting. Ahmadinejad served two terms as the President of Iran before being succeeded by Hassan Rouhani, under whose premiership tensions between Iran and the west have calmed considerably.