Saturday, 18 May 2013

Did the US create Al-Qaeda?

Hillary Clinton : We created Al-Qaeda
The title of the following video suggests that Hillary Clinton publicly admits that the US created Al-Qaeda, yet she never even mentioned Al-Qaeda anywhere in this clip. What she did say was that they backed the Afghan mujahideen.

Besides what she said in the clip, it is also generally accepted that:
"The Mujahideen were financed and armed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency during the Carter and Reagan administrations. The CIA provided billions of dollars in arms to the Mujahideen to aid them in their fight against the Soviets." - source
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The Difference Between the Taliban, Al-Qaida and the Mujahideen
The Taliban, Al-Qaida and the Mujahideen all have their origins in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the subsequent Afghan Civil War.

Every day we hear news reports coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan. We hear names like the Taliban, al-Qaida and the Mujahideen. Sometimes it's easy to confuse these groups. The three groups have different origins all though they may share some of the same goals. The origins of all three can be traced back to the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980's.

The Mujahideen were loosely associated groups of fighters that fought against the Soviet troops in Afghanistan. A mujahid is a "struggler" or "freedom fighter. In the late 1970's the Mujahideen fought against the pro Soviet, Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. After the Soviet troops left in 1989 the Mujahideen fought each other for control of Afghanistan in the Afghan Civil War. The seven main Mujahideen groups later joined together to form the Islamic Unity of Afghanistan Mujahideen.

Al-Qaida is an international terrorist organization created by Osama bin Laden sometime in 1988. Since 1988 al-Qaida has recruited, trained and financed thousands of fighters from dozens of countries worldwide. The al-Qaida organization relies on centralized planning and decentralized execution of its terrorist operations.

The Taliban was formed primarily from students at the madrassas. The name Taliban came from the word "talib" for student. They chose this name to distance themselves from the Mujahideen whose name stems from the word "mullah" for knowledge giver. The Afghan people were desperately looking for a group that could put an end to the devastating civil war. The original goals of the Taliban were to restore peace, disarm the population and enforce Sharia law.

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Mujahideen ("strugglers" or "people doing jihad") is a term that Muslims use to describe those they see as Muslims who struggle in the path of Allah. The word is from the same Arabic triliteral root as jihad ("struggle"). In recent years, Mujahideen has been most closely associated with radical Islam, encompassing several militant groups and struggles.

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Al-Qaeda (translation: "The Base" and alternatively spelled al-Qaida and sometimes al-Qa'ida) is a global militant Islamist organization founded by Osama bin Laden at some point between August 1988 and late 1989, with its origins being traceable to the Soviet War in Afghanistan. It operates as a network comprising both a multinational, stateless army and a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling for global Jihad and a strict interpretation of sharia law. It has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and various other countries. Al-Qaeda has carried out several attacks on non-Muslims, and other targets it considers kafir.

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"Kafir" is an Arabic term used in an Islamic doctrinal sense, usually translated as "unbeliever," "disbeliever," or "infidel." The term refers to a person who rejects God in Islam or who hides, denies, or covers the "islamic version of truth." All Kafirs should read more about it at:

The Taliban
The Taliban (alternative spelling Taleban) is an Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan. It spread into Afghanistan and formed a government, ruling as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from September 1996 until December 2001, with Kandahar as the capital. However, it gained diplomatic recognition from only three states: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Mohammed Omar has been serving as the spiritual leader of the Taliban since 1994.

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CIA – al-Qaeda controversy
The US has always denied that the CIA or other American officials had contact with the Afghan Arabs (foreign mujahideen) or Bin Laden, let alone armed, trained, coached or indoctrinated them. Scholars and reporters have called the idea of CIA-backed Afghan Arabs (foreign mujahideen) "nonsense", "sheer fantasy", and "simply a folk myth."

They argue that:
  • with a quarter of a million local Afghans willing to fight there was no need to recruit foreigners unfamiliar with the local language, customs or lay of the land
  • with several hundred million dollars a year in funding from non-American, Muslim sources, Arab Afghans themselves would have no need for American funds
  • Americans could not train mujahideen because Pakistani officials would not allow more than a handful of U.S. agents to operate in Pakistan and none in Afghanistan;
  • the Afghan Arabs were militant Islamists, reflexively hostile to Westerners, and prone to threaten or attack Westerners even though they knew the Westerners were helping the mujahideen.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri says much the same thing in his book Knights Under the Prophet's Banner.

Bin Laden himself once said "the collapse of the Soviet Union ... goes to God and the mujahideen in Afghanistan ... the US had no mentionable role," but "collapse made the US more haughty and arrogant."

According to CNN journalist Peter Bergen, known for conducting the first television interview with Osama bin Laden in 1997,
The story about bin Laden and the CIA — that the CIA funded bin Laden or trained bin Laden — is simply a folk myth. There's no evidence of this. In fact, there are very few things that bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and the U.S. government agree on. They all agree that they didn't have a relationship in the 1980s. And they wouldn't have needed to. Bin Laden had his own money, he was anti-American and he was operating secretly and independently. The real story here is the CIA did not understand who Osama was until 1996, when they set up a unit to really start tracking him.
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Sheikh al-Arifi stood up for Mujahideen of al-Qaeda on Qatari TV
Answering the question of Qatari TV channel Al Jazeera about the French invasion of Mali, he said some people attribute to al-Qaeda many opinions and thoughts which the group does not hold.

"These beliefs in fact are not correct. Al-Qaeda members do not tolerate accusing other Muslims of apostasy and they do not tolerate bloodshed. I am not part of al-Qaeda and I do not adopt their thinking, but Allah says: ‘And when you testify, be just'," Arifi said.

He said that from his meeting with al-Qaeda Mujahideen who were imprisoned by the Saudi apostates, he discovered that they did not hold opinions and thoughts often attributed to al-Qaeda.

"Even al-Qaeda leader Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, may his soul rest in peace, did not adopt many of the thoughts that are attributed to him today", Sheikh al-Arifi emphasized.

"I am not in a position to defend them; I am not one of them, but again ‘when you testify, be just", he added.

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Now, rather than allowing others to decide on your behalf whether the US did or did not create al-Qaeda, you should be in a slightly better position to decide for yourself.

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