“In a statement faxed to the pro-Taliban Afghan Islamic Press agency [on September 16, 2001], Bin Laden denied having anything to do with the previous week’s attacks in New York and Washington. ‘I am residing in Afghanistan. I have taken an oath of allegiance [to the Taliban’s spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar] which does not allow me to do such things from Afghanistan… We have been blamed in the past, but we were not involved.’ ”

 – Rowenna Davis, “Bin Laden: The War in His Words,” The Guardian, May 2, 2011