Bin Laden wanted US to invade Iraq, author says

By Tony Jones

Posted Fri Aug 24, 2007 8:04am AEST
Updated Fri Aug 24, 2007 8:32am AEST

Osama bin Laden told Abdul Bari Atwan he wanted to “bring the Americans into a fight on Muslim soil”. (Reuters)

As coalition troops continue to die on Iraqi soil and the US Government’s military spending on the war bleeds into billions of dollars, a new book says that not only could this have been avoided, but it was all predictable, as long as you had read the Al Qaeda manual.

Abdul Bari Atwan is one of the only Western journalists to have interviewed Osama bin Laden, spending three days with him in the mountains of Afghanistan in 1996.

He is the editor-in-chief of the London-based Arabic newspaper, Al-Quds Al-Arabia, and the author of The secret history of Al Qaeda.

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