posted on Jan, 11 2013 @ 05:34 PM
reply to post by Agarta
That is a very interesting article that I have not seen before, right now I am just about to head off to bed, so I am sorry if this post is not a
detailed as you would like.
The services office that your article talks about was actually called Maktab al-khidamat (MAK) (i think that is the correct spelling) anyway this
group was led by Abdulla Azzam they had offices in America and Bin Laden was a senior member that is true. What is also true however is that MAK was
not really that much of a big deal, the CIA where going after the big players in Afghanistan. Under operation Claymore the CIA provided Arms and
finance to Pakistani ISI to be distributed to the Afghan Mujahedeen, MAK was part of the Arab Mujahedeen and that was the responsibly of
Saudi-Arabia it is lickly that Azzam did have a connection to the CIA but through GID. America actually did not really have a very “hands on”
approach in Afghanistan it was more complex, I would not be surprised if Azzam was in contact with the CIA.
But MAK was a group created by Abdulla Azzam to funnel Arab Mujahedeen into Afghanistan. They were different to Al-Qa’ida in that they have very
different objectives they were not the same group it’s not strictly speaking true to say that Al-Qa’ida evolved from MAK, it’s a half-truth in a
way. MAK provided the launch of Al-Qa’ida but it did not turn into Al-Qa’ida if you like. It’s exactly like what your CRF article says “Bin
Laden wanted these fighters to continue the holy war beyond Afghanistan” he and Azzam where in disagreement over this and some have speculated that
as a result of this Bin Laden may have been the one responsible for the assassination of Azzam (this has never been confirmed).
From personal experience I can tell you that if you want a working knowledge of Al-Qa’ida then the media is ok but if you want the more in-depth
stuff then you really need to study it. I don’t a few extra modules at university which covered some of it and that helped but the best way is to
pick up a good old fashioned book. If you are interested in the relationship between the CIA and Al-Qa’ida then I would encourage you to read
“Ghost Wars by Steve Coll”.
Any questions please feel free to send me a U2U