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ClandesTime 172 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Charlie Wilson’s War

March 10, 20190 sec
George Crile’s book Charlie Wilson’s War is the most in-depth account of the CIA’s support to the Afghan mujahideen, based on countless interviews with inside sources. It tells the story of how a rogue congressman – Charlie Wilson – and a rogue CIA officer – Gust Avrokotos – joined forces to create an army of ‘techno-holy warriors’ to fight against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. This week I offer an in-depth review of the book and the operation as a backgrounder to the rise of Al Qaeda. I hone in on the Agency’s relationships with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Jalaluddin Haqqani and Wilson himself, analysing the legacy of these connections in the post-9/11 war on terror. (Read more...)

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