“Four days after the issuance of the Afghan fatwa [March 16, 1998], bin Laden released a letter that recapitulated the themes of his declaration of war. In it he underscored ‘the calamity of the American’s occupation of the Arabian peninsula.’ Referring to Operation Desert Storm, he asked, ‘Why were American women soldiers brought in?’–to his mind the ultimate insult.”

 – Peter Bergen, Holy War, Inc., Page 102