1,603. 12/15/1999

In an interview in December 1999, Taliban official Maulvi Hafeezullah said: ” ‘We will never hand over bin Laden. The U.S. has made a monster out of one man. We can unleash a *heroin bomb* to match your nuclear bomb.’ This was a nod to the fact that Afghanistan, under the Taliban, had been recently cited by the United Nations as the world’s leading producer of opium, the raw material of heroin.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Peter Bergen, Holy War, Inc., Page 146

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