“At first glance, the IIRO [International Islamic Relief Organization] appeared to be a well-established Saudi Islamic mutual assistance association benefitting from the kingdom’s support. But in reality, it was much more than that. The IIRO was one of the financial and operational vehicles of a militant Islam, largely exploited by the person who became its emblem, Osama bin Laden.” Former director of anti-terrorism for the CIA Vincent Cannistraro explained in the October 1, 1998 edition of USA Today that “bin Laden ‘exploited’ the IIRO network in his operations.”

 – Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, Forbidden Truth, Page 84