1,202. 7/15/1998

“In July 1998 [Saudi intelligence chief] Prince Turki [al Faisal] had visited Kandahar [Afghanistan] and a few weeks later 400 new pick-up trucks arrived in Kandahar for the Taliban, still bearing their Dubai license plates. The Saudis also gave cash for the Taliban’s cheque book conquest of the north in the autumn. Until the [August 7, 1998] Africa [embassy] bombings and despite US pressure to end their support for the Taliban, the Saudis continued funding the Taliban and were silent on the need to extradite Bin Laden.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Ahmed Rashid, Taliban, Page 138

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