Osama bin Laden was interviewed by ABC News on December 22, 1998. “Asked about the goals behind his [February 23] 1998 launching of the World Islamic Front for Jihad against the Jews and Crusaders…bin Laden said ‘this front has been established as the first step to pool together the energies and concentrate efforts against the infidels represented in the Jewish-crusader alliance, thus replacing splinter and subsidiary fronts.’ ”

 – Fawaz A. Gerges, The Far Enemy, Page 39