“…on Friday, November 24, 1989, [al-Qaeda co-founder] Abdallah Azzam was killed when a bomb exploded as he was driving down one of Peshawar [Pakistan]‘s main streets. …His enormous legacy has three dimensions: first, the political dimension and Azzam’s role in moving the Afghan conflict from the regional to the global scale; second, the organizational aspect, which highlights Azzam as ‘the father of the Afghan Arabs’; and third, the ideological dimension, with Azzam becoming the preeminent theoretician of global jihad.”

 – Gilles Kepel and Jean-Pierre Milelli, eds., Al Qaeda In Its Own Words, Pages 96-97