2,490. 9/11/2001

“In the five-and-a-half years between his [Osama bin Laden’s] return to Afghanistan and September 11, 2001, his training camps processed up to twenty thousand militants from around the world. Only a fraction received advanced terrorist training; it was from those ranks that he drew suicide bombers for overseas assignment, troops for his own protective unit (sometimes called Brigade 055), and frontline troops in the internal conflict [in Afghanistan].”

 – Roy Gutman, How We Missed the Story, Page 205

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