727. 1/5/1995

"As part of a long review of global terrorism circulated by the FBI, classified Secret, the bureau's analysts assessed the emerging threat under the heading 'Ramzi Ahmed Yousef: A New Generation of Sunni Islamic Terrorists' [in a document written in early January 1995 and quoted in the June 6, 2002, edition of The Washington Post]. The Yousef case 'has led us to conclude that a new generation of terrorists has appeared on the world stage over the past few years,' the FBI's analysts wrote. Yousef and his associates 'have access to a worldwide network of support for funding, training and safe haven.' Increasingly, 'Islamic extremists are working together to further their cause.' It was 'no coincidence' that their terrorism increased as the anti-Soviet Afghan war ended. Afghanistan's training camps were crucial to Yousef. The camps provided technical resources and allowed him to meet and recruit like-minded radicals. Pakistan and Bosnia had also become important bases for the jihadists." [The 5th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Ghost Wars, Steve Coll, 1/5/1995

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