The Declaration of War that was Largely Ignored

Osama bin Laden (L) sits with his eventual successor Ayman al-Zawahiri

Osama bin Laden (L) sits with his eventual successor Ayman al-Zawahiri

We still do not understand why Congress was not asked for a formal declaration of war against these organizations after September 11, 2001…

And ulema [Muslim legal scholars] have throughout history unanimously agreed that the jihad is an individual duty…On that basis, and in compliance with Allah’s order, we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims: The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it…We, with Allah’s help, call on every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes to be rewarded to comply with Allah’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.

 

Osama Bin Laden

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Amir of the Jihad Group, Egypt

Abu-Yasir Rifa’I Ahmad Taha, Egyptian Islamic Group

Mir Hamzah, Jamiat ul Ulema-e-Pakistan

Fazlur Rahman, Jihad Movement in Bangladesh

23 February 1998

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