1,331. 9/13/1998

A declassified U.S. Department of State cable, dated September 13, 1998, describes an exchange between Taliban official Abdul Hakim Mujahid and a U.S. diplomat in Pakistan. Mujahid said: ” ‘Very few Afghans are in favor of Bin Ladin’s presence in Afghanistan. Eighty percent of the Taliban leadership opposes his presence, including Taliban deputy leader Mullah [Mohammad] Rabbani, [foreign minister] Wakil Ahmed [Muttawakil], and *Acting Minister of Mines* Mullah Jan. [Taliban leader] Mullah [Mohammad] Omar is the major supporter of Bin Ladin.’ ”

 – Peter Bergen, The Osama bin Laden I Know, Pages 232-233

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