(unpublished (c) 2010)
"4. A further significant point was that the jihad battles in Afghanistan destroyed the myth of a (superpower) in the
minds of the Muslim mujahidin young men. The USSR, a superpower with the largest land army in the world, was
destroyed and the remnants of its troops fled Afghanistan before the eyes of the Muslim youths and as a result
of their actions."
"That jihad was a training course of the utmost importance to prepare
Muslim mujahidin to wage their awaited battle against the superpower that
now has sole dominance over the globe, namely, the United States."
"It also gave young Muslim mujahidin-Arabs, Pakistanis, Turks, and
Muslims from Central and East Asia-a great opportunity to get acquainted
with each other on the land of Afghan jihad through their
comradeship-at-arms against the enemies of Islam."
"In this way the mujahidin young men and the jihadist movements came
to know each other closely, exchanged expertise, and learned to
understand their brethren's problems."
Quoted from Part Two of serialized al-Zawahiri (2001) excerpts published in
London Al-Sharq Al-Awsat 2002