246. 8/20/1988

Regarding the origin of al Qaeda: on August 20, 1988, bin Laden and a small group of followers "met again to establish what they called al-Qaeda al-Askariya (the military base). 'The mentioned al-Qaeda is basically an organized Islamic faction, its goal is to lift the word of God, to make His religion victorious,' the secretary recorded in his minutes of the meeting."

 – The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright, 8/20/1988

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