3,136. 11/27/2001

According to interviews with Pakistani intelligence Brigadier Mohammed Yousaf and CIA Islamabad Station Chief Howard Hart, on November 12, 26, and 27, 2001: “The Afghans whom Yousaf trained uniformly denounced suicide attack proposals as against their religion. It was only the Arab volunteers–from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Algeria, and other countries, who had been raised in an entirely different culture, spoke their own language, and preached their own interpretations of Islam while fighting far from their homes and families–who later advocated suicide attacks. Afghan jihadists, tightly woven into family, clan, and regional social networks, never embraced suicide tactics in significant numbers.”

 – Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, Page 134

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