“By February 1989, the Soviets had retreated and [Osama] bin Laden had joined the civil war to turn once-tolerant Afghanistan into a model Islamic state. He financed the construction of vast training camps and bankrolled militant factions. His activities seemed to increase as the Soviets shrank back.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Richard Miniter, Losing Bin Laden, Page 12