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How were they linked to the cruel Taliban regime that governed Afghanistan in the period from 1996 to 2001? Why did some Muslims join al-Qaeda, while others thought the group was fanatical and led by psychologically disturbed individuals who distorted the teachings of Islam? At first, most of these questions seemed almost impossible to answer because the organization had operated secretly for years. However, as journalists and intelligence agencies collected information, the story of the organization and how it ended up in Afghanistan began to come out.
Osama bin Laden’s regular payments to these young men helped them and their families. At the same time, his money made them dependent on him. indd 39 9/13/10 11:17 AM 40 AfghAnistAn WAr President george h. w. Bush meets with King fahd at the Royal Pavilion in saudi arabia in november 1991 to discuss the probable campaign to remove iraqi forces from Kuwait. (George Bush Presidential Library and Museum) The Arab volunteers who gathered in Pakistan were sent over to fight in different mujahideen bands.
For a while, the Soviet tactics had some success. The combination of destruction of local support and the clearing of cover began to work. The Soviets began to control some of the countryside. But the price they paid was to earn even more hatred from the Afghan people and to drive millions into exile in Pakistan. Both Pakistan and Iran began to aid the mujahideen. When the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and other countries provided aid to the mujahideen to oppose the Soviet army, they sent the funding and weapons through Pakistan.
Afghanistan War (America at War) by Rodney P. Carlisle