Comment: The Birth of Al Qaeda

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The Birth of Al Qaeda

You are right about the CIA training bin Laden in Afghanistan to resist the Soviets back in the 1980's. That is well-established. It's what happened next that seems to be a mystery to many.

As the Soviets began withdrawing from Afghanistan, bin Laden and other began wondering what to do next. So in the late 1980's, bin Laden and other Saudi financiers met to discuss the future. The notes of the meetings and the list of financiers was found in 2002, in Bosnia, and date to August 1988. This document is known as "The Golden Chain" and it is dated to three years before Yugoslavia began coming apart and the Bosnian war began. Al Qaeda was actually formed in Bosnia, not in the Middle East. And Bosnia, with US and Western help, became al Qaeda's first triumph.