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September 11 (9/11) Attacks

Americans were "Too Near to Mecca"

Dec, 1999
Afghanistan

In a December 1999 interview, bin Laden said he felt that Americans were "too near to Mecca", and considered this a provocation to the entire Muslim world. One analysis of suicide terrorism suggested that without U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, al-Qaeda likely would not have been able to get people to commit to suicide missions.


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