There is too much mis-information out there that it is difficult to seperate the facts. Bear with me, it all ties together.
So, I'll offer some source material, and let you decide what is or isn't.
See end of external quote for source [note-source is dated];
The greatest failure of the US-led coalition has been its inability to neutralize the core leadership of both Al Qaeda and the Taliban...
With sustained efforts to target the core and penultimate leadership, it is very likely that Al Qaeda's leading lights-Osama bin Laden, Dr. Ayman
al-Zawahiri, Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, and even the Taliban leader Mullah Omar-will be captured or, more likely killed. Nonetheless, Islamist terrorism
will outlive Al Qaeda, and Islamic ideology will persist for the foreseeable future.
Al Qaeda is above all else a secret, almost virtual, organization, one that denies its own existence in order to remain in the shadows. This explains
why it always uses other names and identities (such as the World Islamic Front for the Jihad Against the Jews and the Crusaders) when referring to its
actions, beliefs or statements, thereby keeping us guessing about its true motives, true intentions. Al Qaeda maintains its practice of absolute
secrecy even when dealing with Islamist parties and armed groups that share its aspirations. To them it is an enigma, a shadowy body that many of them
aspire to "join"...
...Abdullah Azzam conceptualized Al Qaeda in 1987.
Azzam-the ideological father of Al Qaeda-was the mentor of Osama bin Laden. After cofounding the Maktab al Khidmat lil Mujahidin al Arab (MAK, or
Afghan Service Bureau) in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1984, Azzam and Osama then ran it together for several years.
...In the wake of the US-led campaign, the Taliban failed immediately to mobilize support for a guerrilla war, but in the months since the fall of
their regime, the Taliban and Al Qaeda elements that eluded the Northern Alliance and US forces have merged into one military unit...
Most of Al Qaeda's leadership, in this author's view, remains in the lawless tribal areas straddling the Afghan and Pakistan borders, where even the
Pakistan Army and its intelligence organization, the ISI(Inter-Services-Intelligence), find it hard to operae freely.
Within a month of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on December 26, 1979, Osama left Saudi Arabia for Pakistan to assess the situation. There he saw
the Afghan leaders Burhanuddin Rabbani and Abdur Rab Rasool Sayyaf, whom he had met on the Hajj....They were among the seven principal commanders that
spearheaded the anti-Soviet jihad with the military, logistical and financial support of the multinational coalition organized by the CIA and
comprising the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China and several other countries. Intelligence and military personnel from most of
these countries were active on the ground in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan, funding and training Afghans and Arab volunteers to fight the
Inside Al Qaeda
Global Network of Terror
I hope this clears up any misunderstanding/s of Al Qaeda's and the Talibans relationship. Along with the strong rumor that it was CIA who created
them, because in reality it was not just them solely. They played a part, as did the other nations.
So, if you look at it, Al Qaeda is a chimera of all those nations involved, I'm sure the British "MI 5/6" played just as big a role and the CIA has
been accredited for, not to mention as stated those other countries.
So, in future references to Al Qaeda being a CIA creation, the details of the Afghan conflict of their supposed birth should also include the above
noted Nations in taking the credit as well. They all played their part in that horrible after effect. Too bad the CIA takes all the blame or credit,
but it is not theirs.
The Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders as noted, are and have been working together for some time.
I hope this little history lesson was educational, and helped some clear up any mis-information that has been floating around for awhile now. This
source I listed is just one of many, however it is perhaps the best in my opinion. As it is very indepth and detailed, 30 some pages of notes. All
listing sources of material which the book was created with. Almost 400 pages of no bs facts on terrorism.
Rohan has been the foremost expert on terror for some years, and this particular publication is from 2002/3 if you recall the dated note I made above.
Thank you for reading, class dismissed, please carry on.
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[edit on 16-10-2008 by ADVISOR]