3,184. 12/10/2001

” ‘Mistaken policy or accident of history–take your pick,’ the Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal, [Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince] Turki’s brother, said in an interview with The Washington Post during the same period [as Turki’s December 10, 2001, Nightline interview]. ‘The stability of Afghanistan seemed a bigger concern than the presence of bin Laden. …When the Taliban received him, they indicated he would be absolutely prevented from taking any actions. We had unequivocal promises.’ ”

 – Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, Page 633

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