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The US government trained, armed, funded and supported Osama bin Laden
and his followers in Afghanistan during the cold war. With a huge
investment of $3,000,000,000 (three billion US dollars), the CIA effectively
created and nurtured bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network using American
tax-payers money. Afghanistan is one of the world's poorest countries,
where such an enormous sum sum of money would have had extraordinary

ABC News article:
    "In the 1980s, bin Laden left his comfortable
    Saudi home for Afghanistan to participate in the
    Afghan jihad, or holy war, against the invading
    forces of the Soviet Union - a cause that,
    ironically, the United States funded, pouring
    $3 billion into the Afghan resistance via the CIA."

    ABC News, "Osama Bin Laden: Profile of a Terror Leader", 20 March 2002.
    [ http://abcnews.go.com/sections/world/DailyNews/binladen_profile.html ]

BBC news article:
    "...Bin Laden left Saudi Arabia in 1979 to fight
    against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The
    Afghan jihad was backed with American dollars
    and had the blessing of the governments of Saudi
    Arabia and Pakistan. He received security
    training from the CIA itself."

    BBC News, "Who is Osama Bin Laden?", 18 December 2002.
    [ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/155236.stm ]

Forbes business information service article:
    "...[Osama bin Laden] received military and
    financial assistance from the intelligence services
    of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United States."

    Forbes, "Who Is Osama Bin Laden?" 14 September 2001.
    [ http://www.forbes.com/charitable/2001/09/14/0914whoisobl.html ]

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