1,621. 1/3/2000

In a videotaped meeting of Osama bin Laden and other group leaders in Kandahar, Afghanistan, presumably dated January 3, 2000, during Ramadan: “bin Laden’s chief lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Egypt’s Jihad, says, ‘Enough of words, it is time to take action against this iniquitous and faithless force [the United States] which has spread its troops through Egypt, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia.’ …Bin Laden says: ‘On this blessed night we pledge…to expel the Jews and the Christians from the sacred places [the Arabian peninsula.]’ “

 – Peter Bergen, Holy War, Inc., Pages 189-190

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