Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan

Al-Qaeda’s origination can be traced to the Soviet War in Afghanistan. With allied Soviet troops on one side and the native Afghan Mujahedeen and Afghan Marxist regime on the other, the United States’ observation on the Soviet War was clearly a case of expansionism and violence. Operation Cyclone, a CIA program, was initiated to channel funds through Pakistan’s Intelligence to assist the Afghan mujahedeen fight. It was at this time that a large number of Arabs were uniting against the Afghan Marxist regime. It is reported that the organization was funded by the Saudi Arabia government and individual wealthy Saudis who had been approached by bin Laden.

Terrorism is apparent in many countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Chechnya, and the former Yugoslavia, as the Afghan Mujahedeen has become an inspiration to terrorist groups, in these countries, since the early 1980’s. According to Russian sources, the perpetrators of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 allegedly used a manual allegedly written by the CIA for the Mujihadeen fighters in Afghanistan on how to make explosives.