939. 8/23/1996

Osama bin Laden’s August 23, 1996, ‘Declaration of Jihad Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Sacred Places‘ read: ” ‘Terrorizing you while you are carrying arms in our land is a legitimate duty we are morally obliged to fulfil…in order to re-establish the greatness of the umma [Muslim community] and to liberate the occupied sacred places. …Our youths are different from your soldiers. Your problem will be how to convince your troops to fight, while our problem will be how to restrain our youths.’ “

 – Abdel Bari Atwan, The Secret History of al Qaeda, Page 64

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