2,286. 8/15/2001

“According to an eyewitness in the al Qaeda camp at the time, an Australian convert to Islam, Osama had told his closest advisers and [Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad] Omar in August 2001 that an attack on America was imminent, but many of his aides objected to the idea as too dangerous. Osama decided to go forward anyway.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Bruce Riedel, Deadly Embrace, Page 79

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