1,098. 2/15/1998

“…bin Laden’s support grew, and in February 1998 he met with several other Islamic leaders in Afghanistan to discuss how they could build a broad coalition against the West and the regimes they despised. According to Western intelligence, those present at the meeting included Ayman al-Zawahiri, head of the Islamic Jihad; Abdul Salam Mohamed from Bangladesh; Abou Yassir Ahmed Taha from Egypt’s Al-Gama’a Al-Islamiya, who was representing all of the Islamist groups in north Africa; and Fadhi Errahmane Khalil, the leader of the Pakistani movement Ansar. …bin Laden was soon ready to reveal a new coalition to the world, the International Islamic Front for Jihad Against the Jews and Crusaders.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Simon Reeve, The New Jackals, Page 194

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