864. 5/15/1996

“When the CIA ousted [the Soviet’s puppet President of Afghanistan, Mohammad] Najibullah, they walked away and left the door wide open for Osama bin Laden and the Taliban, a group of radical Islamic fundamentalists, to walk right in. Bin Laden arrived by chartered…jet in May 1996, and by the summer of that year the Taliban, promising an end to war-lordism and a return to law and order, was building up its forces to take over the country.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Page 179

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