The following bin Laden ‘Interview with Al Jazeera’ was aired in December 1998:
“Q. What do you seek?
A. …that our land be liberated from enemies, liberated from the Americans. …we are trying to incite the world Muslim community to free our land and undertake a jihad for God…
Q. What are your ultimate objectives, and what message would you like to convey to the Islamic world in general?
A. We believe very strongly…they [the Americans] want to deprive us of our manhood. …We do not want to abandon the defense of the descendants of Saad and al-Muthanna, of Abu Bakr and Omar, to American women soldiers, whether Jewish or Christian. …But by God, free Muslim women refuse to be defended by these Jewish and American whores. Our goal…is to free the land of Islam from unbelief, and to apply the law of God there.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]
– Gilles Kepel and Jean-Pierre Milelli, eds., Al Qaeda In Its Own Words, Pages 58-59
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