5,347. 9/11/2003

“As tensions between Kabul [Afghanistan] and Islamabad [Pakistan] escalated, Al Jazeera released a videotape on the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks [September 11, 2003] showing bin Laden and [al Qaeda second-in-command] Ayman al-Zawahiri strolling in a landscape very similar to that of South Waziristan [Pakistan]. The image of the world’s most wanted men roaming freely deeply embarrassed Washington, which again pressured Pakistan to move troops into South Waziristan.”

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, Page 270

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