4,137. 10/15/2002

“As [al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-] Zawahiri explained to a television audience in October 2002, five months before the American and British invasion of Iraq, such an invasion world ‘confirm Israel’s uncontested monopoly over weapons of mass destruction in the region, so as to ensure the submission of Arab and Islamic states to its wishes and ambitions.’ Zawahiri sees the plot against Islam on every front, fomented by the United States and Europe in the west, Israel nearby, and India in the east.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Bruce Riedel, The Search for Al Qaeda, Page 29

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