Andrew Gavin Marshall, at Global Research, 5 September 2010, (The “Arc of Crisis”) gives us a history of al Qaeda:
1. According to an article in Le Monde, Osama bin Laden was recruited by the CIA in 1979 in Istanbul.
(Veronique Maurus and Marc Rock, The Most Dreaded Man of the United States, Controlled a Long Time by the CIA. Le Monde Diplomatique: September 14, 2001: (http://www.wanttoknow.info/010914lemonde)
Osama bin Laden had the support of his friend Prince Turki bin Faisal, head of Saudi intelligence.
Osama was also close to drug lord Gulbaddin Hekmatyar in Afghanistan.
Prince Turki and Hekmatyar were key figures in the CIA's Safari Club network, a coalition of intelligence services.
Alexandre de Marenches, the head of French Intelligence, organised the CIA's Safari Club, a coalition of Intelligence agencies. (Photo Source: Thierry Orban/ Corbis Sygma)
2. In 1985, Osama bin Laden's brother, Salem, stated that Osama was "the liaison between the US, the Saudi government, and the Afghan rebels." (Steve Coll, The Bin Ladens.)
3. In 1988, Bin Laden discussed "the establishment of a new military group," which would come to be known as Al-Qaeda. (AP, Al Qaeda Financing Documents Turn Up in Bosnia Raid. Fox News: February 19, 2003: FOXNews.com - Al Qaeda Financing Documents Turn Up in Bosnia Raid ...)
4. In the late 1980s, Osama bin Laden's charity front, the MAK, (eventually to form Al-Qaeda) founded the al-Kifah Center in Brooklyn, New York, to recruit Muslims for the jihad against the Soviets.
The al-Kifah Center was founded with the support of the U.S. government.
The al-Kifah Refugee Center shared the same building as the Al-Farooq Mosque. Website for this image
5. The US government provided visas for known terrorists associated with the organization, including Ali Mohamed, the 'blind sheik' Omar Abdel Rahman and possibly Mohamed Atta. (Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America.)
This coincided with the creation of Al-Qaeda, of which the al-Kifah Center was a recruiting front.
Foot soldiers for Al-Qaeda were "admitted to the United States for training under a special visa program."
6. The FBI had been surveilling the training of terrorists, however, "it terminated this surveillance in the fall of 1989."
7. In 1990, the CIA granted Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman a visa to come run the al-Kifah Center.
He was considered an 'untouchable' as he was "being protected by no fewer than three agencies," including the State Department, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the CIA. (Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America.)
In July 2001, Bin Laden met the CIA.
8. Robin Cook, a former UK Minister of Foreign Affairs wrote that Al-Qaeda, "literally 'the database', was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians." (guardian./2005/jul/08/july7.t)
A former French military intelligence agent stated that, "The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida.
"And any informed intelligence officer knows this.
"But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the 'TV watcher' to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism.
"The country behind this propaganda is the US and the lobbyists for the US war on terrorism are only interested in making money." (Pierre-Henri Bunel, Al Qaeda - the Database. Global Research: November 20, 2005: globalresearch.1)
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