3,205. 12/15/2001

“On December 15 [2001], bin Laden got on his shortwave radio. He praised his ‘most loyal fighters’–about 800 strong, at that point, tucked throughout the complex of caves [in Tora Bora, Afghanistan]–and said ‘forgive me’ for drawing them into a defeat. He said the battle against the ‘crusaders’ would continue ‘on new fronts.’ Then, he led them in a prayer, and slipped away.”

 – Ron Suskind, The One Percent Doctrine, Page 74

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