1,130. 2/23/1998

“On February 23, 1998, bin Laden held a press conference to present the world with a manifesto from the newly formed International Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders. Signed by Islamist extremist leaders from Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Kashmir, the document accused the United States of ‘occupying the most sacred lands of Islam: the Arabian Peninsula. It has been stealing its resources, dictating to its leaders, humiliating its people, and frightening its neighbors. It is using its rule in the Peninsula as a weapon to fight the neighboring peoples of Islam.’ The manifesto concluded by giving ‘all Muslims the following judgment: The judgment to kill and fight Americans and their allies, whether civilians or military, is an obligation for every Muslim who is able to do so in any country.’ ”

 – John Farmer, The Ground Truth, Page 29

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