Claiming their Washington Embassy may have funded a practice attempt for plane hijackings, new evidence in a major 9/11 lawsuit has been submitted against the Saudi Arabian government.

The “dry run” was allegedly carried out by two Saudi employees, further strengthening the claim that officials and agents of the regime aided and assisted the 9/11 hijackers and planners.

Two years prior to the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a flight probably headed for the DC Capitol Building, the Saudi Embassy paid for two nationals who lived undercover in the US as students to fly from Phoenix to Washington.

It was “a dry run for the 9/11 attacks,” alleges the amended complaint filed on behalf of the families of some 1,400 victims who died in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago.

The lawsuit claims among other things that the Saudi government may have been involved in aiding in the design of the attacks from the earliest stages including testing cockpit security.

Lead attorney for the 9/11 plaintiffs said “We’ve long asserted that there were longstanding and close relationships between al Qaeda and the religious components of the Saudi government. This is further evidence of that.”

Citing FBI documents, the complaint alleges that Saudi students Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalawi (above) were in fact members of “the Kingdom’s network of agents in the US,” and took active roles in the terrorist plot.

During a November 1999 America West flight to Washington, Qudhaeein and Shalawi are said to have tried multiple times to get into to the cockpit of the plane in an attempt to test flight-deck security in advance of the hijackings. “After they boarded the plane in Phoenix, they began asking the flight attendants technical questions about the flight that the flight attendants found suspicious,” according to FBI case files. Afraid, the pilots made an emergency landing in Ohio.

Lawyers representing Saudi Arabia last month filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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