EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Conversation with Terror

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An April 1998 photo of Osama bin Laden

Friday, September 14, 2001

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This interview originally appeared in TIME's January 11, 1999 issue

Tall and lean, he was dressed in a traditional shalwar kameez--baggy trousers and long shirt--under a military fatigue jacket, with a scarf to fight the desert cold. An AK-47 assault rifle stood at his side. He spoke softly, in Arabic, praising God in nearly every sentence, but his voice rose whenever he criticized the United States. That he did often during the four-hour interview, his first since the U.S. tried to kill...