2,101. 6/24/2001

A Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) report on June 24, 2001, focused on a MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) TV interview with Usamah Bin-Ladin: “The followers of Usamah Bin-Ladin are conducting continuous military maneuvers and training in the desert of Afghanistan in preparation for a military strike against US interests in the world. …In the desert of Qandahar [Afghanistan], we were able to meet Usamah Bin-Ladin. The meeting was attended by [al-Qa’idah second-in-command] Ayman al-Zawahiri… The meeting was also attended by Usamah Bin-Ladin’s right-hand man, Abu-Hafs, who preferred not to appear on camera. …Bin-Ladin was happy at the statements of his followers that the next weeks will witness important surprises and that US and Israeli interests in the world will be targeted.”

 – CIA, “MBC TV Carries Video Report on Bin Ladin, Followers in Training,” (Foreign Broadcast Information Service), The Central Intelligence Agency’s 9/11 File:, The National Security Archive, June 24, 2001

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