That brings the entire Al Qaeda origins back to Square One, where it was none other than the American government that helped it get off the ground in the 1980s.
The United States was afraid that the Soviet Union was conducting a campaign to expand its power. To help the Afghan Muslims, including some of the most radical Islamists, the CIA conducted Operation Cyclone to funnel money for the anti-Soviet terrorists.
The smell of blood attracted other jihadists
A Muslim group was formed in Pakistan to help finance the war, It was headed by bin Laden and a Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Abdullah Yusuf Azzam.
Bin Laden used his Saudi connections with oil sheikhs to turn the organization into a major terrorist operation.
The Muslim Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK) organization then set up operations in – three guesses – the United States of America.
The American government later withdrew its support.
Bin Laden and Al Qaeda no longer needed them, and the rest is history – a very dark history.
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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