3,560. 5/17/2002

“In May [17] 2002, he [Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar] gave an interview: ‘The battle [in Afghanistan] has [just] started, its fire has been kindled and it will engulf the White House, seat of injustice and tyranny.’ The future for the United States in Afghanistan, he said, was ‘fire, hell and total defeat.’ ”

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, Pages 241-242

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