Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States in a treatise written from Afghanistan. ” ‘You are not unaware of the injustice, repression and aggression that have befallen Muslims through the alliance of Jews, Christians, and their agents, so much so that Muslims’ blood has become the cheapest blood and their money and wealth are plundered by the enemies,’ bin Laden said on August 23, 1996, in his ‘Declaration of War Against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places.’ The latest indignity–‘one of the worst catastrophes to befall the Muslims since the death of the Prophet’–was the presence of American and coalition troops in Saudi Arabia.”

 – Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower, Page 265