From June 21-23, 1996, “a three-day terrorist summit was held in Tehran [Iran]. The Iranians hosted it to transform its client terror network, Hezbollah, into the vanguard of the radical Islamic movement. …During that conference, it was announced that there would be increased attacks against U.S. interests, especially in the Persian Gulf region. And to oversee those attacks, the conference established a Committee of Three, under the chairmanship of Iranian external intelligence chief Mahdi Chamran. And to acknowledge the importance of Sunni Muslims to the fundamentalist movement (Iranians are Shiites), two of the three committee members were Sunni–Osama bin Laden and [Egyptian Islamic Jihad leader] Ahmad Salah.”

 – Gerald Posner, Why America Slept, Pages 118-119