Former CIA Agent Robert Baer wrote: “I knew that the [Qatari] interior minister, ‘Abdallah bin Khalid, had met Osama bin Laden on August 10, 1996, but that didn’t mean a damn thing. A lot of Arabs were making the pilgrimage to Khartoum [Sudan] to see bin Laden. Iraqi intelligence had met with bin Laden on several occasions. Although we couldn’t be positive, we assumed the emissaries were only taking bin Laden’s measure, making sure he wasn’t about to turn on them.”

 – Robert Baer, Sleeping with the Devil, Page 195