The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - Chapters 16-17 Summary & Analysis

Lawrence Wright
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Following his declaration of war against the United States and the formation of the Islamic Front, bin Laden became more well-known throughout the Muslim world and sought to use this publicity to build his movement. He called groups of reporters to his training camps in Afghanistan to give interviews, explain his anti-American views, and predict a future in which the United State broke into separate entities like the Soviet Union. In the United States, O’Neill and Scheuer planned an operation to capture bin Laden, though their dispute over whether bin Laden should be tried in a U.S. court or simply killed prevented any action. Instead, the CIA asked Saudi Arabia to remove bin Laden from Afghanistan and contain his influence. Prince Turki travelled to Afghanistan to meet with Mullah Omar and discuss a deal in which the the Taliban would turn...

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