1,710. 8/15/2000

“Six videotapes, recovered in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban dated August 2000, show [al Qaeda theoretician Abu Mousab] al Suri in front of a white board addressing a class. …With a world map behind him Suri says 80 percent of the petroleum is in the Muslim world. He charges the West keeps the price down artificially. Suri describes how individual Muslims can play a role by attacking targets of opportunity even if they are not on a frontline. ‘If you hear in Malaysia what is going on in Chechnya, go and knife the Russian attaché to death. If a Muslim is in Britain he doesn’t need to leave his job or university and go and fight jihad at the front. What he can do is call the press agency and tell them I’m from the global Islamic resistance and claim responsibility for whatever action is being done in the world. If a man living in Sweden spots a Jewish security target, he attacks it.’ Suri explains targets should be selected on two criteria. They should cause as much pain as possible to the enemy and they should awaken Muslims as much as possible.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Peter Bergen, The Osama bin Laden I Know, Pages 244-245

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