2,076. 6/15/2001

“In June 2001 they [Osama bin Laden and Tanzim al-Jihad (a.k.a. Egyptian Islamic Jihad) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri] cemented their marriage by merging their two groups–Al Qaeda and elements of the Tanzim–into one, Qaeda al-Jihad. The experience and character of the two complemented each other and fueled their unholy alliance with missionary zeal.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Fawaz A. Gerges, The Far Enemy, Page 42

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