Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, the 21 year-old Muslim who attempted to blow up the Federal Reserve Building in New York City and was caught in a sting operation, was a devotee of Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda issued the following directive on February 23, 1998:

In compliance with God’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.

That fatwa drove the 9/11 attacks, that fatwa drove the three al-Qaeda operatives plotting to conduct a suicide bombing attack against the New York City subway system in 2009,and that fatwa still inspires young radical Muslims to this day.

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