2,862. 10/3/2001

A recovered document from bin Laden to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, dated October 3, 2001, read: ” ‘A U.S. campaign against Afghanistan will cause great long-term economic burdens [on the United States] which will force America, to resort to the former Soviet Union’s only option: withdrawal from Afghanistan, disintegration, and contraction.’ ”

 – Peter Bergen, The Osama bin Laden I Know, Page 316

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