7,134. 11/15/2007

"In November 2007 Al Qaeda's former top ideologue and theorist, Sayyid Imam al Sharif [a.k.a. Dr. Fadl]…publicly criticized bin Laden and [Al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-] Zawahiri in another shattering blow to their authority. 'Al Qaeda committed suicide on 9/11 and lost its equilibrium, skilled leaders, and influence,' said Fadl. Fadl publicly called bin Laden and Zawahiri 'false prophets' and 'extremely immoral' and accused them of being untrustworthy, treacherous, liars, and tyrants. After spending years in the trenches with Zawahiri and bin Laden in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen in the 1980s and 1990s, Fadl portrayed them as ruthless and unscrupulous operators blinded by political ambition and unwarranted grandeur." [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Fawaz A. Gerges, The Far Enemy, 301

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