283. 2/24/1989

On February 24, 1989, shortly after the Soviets left Afghanistan, bin Laden’s mentor Abdallah “Azzam delivered a sermon in Islamabad laying out his vision of a jihadist future: ‘We will fight, defeat our enemies and establish an Islamic state on some sliver of land, such as Afghanistan. Afghanistan will expand, jihad will spread, Islam will fight in other places, Islam will fight the Jew in Palestine and establish Islamic states in Palestine and other places. Later these states will unite to form one Islamic state.’ “

 – Bruce Riedel, Deadly Embrace, Page 34

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