In September 1987, Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard “Shevardnadze had asked for American cooperation in limiting the spread of ‘Islamic fundamentalism.’ The CIA and others in Washington discounted warnings from Soviet leadership about Islamic radicalism. The warnings were just a way to deflect attention from Soviet failings, American hard-liners decided.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, Page 168