370. 8/5/1990

“…after Saddam’s forces invaded Kuwait [in early August 1990], bin Laden immediately volunteered the services of his ‘holy warriors,’ who had recently returned from fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, to defend Saudi Arabia. The fact that bin Laden was willing to lead his own troops into battle against Saddam hardly suggested a desire to ally himself with the Iraqi dictator–rather, it underlined the contempt that bin Laden had long felt for him.” [The 5th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Peter Bergen, The Longest War, Page 133

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