In 1984 Bin Laden moved to Peshawar, a Pakistani town bordering Afghanistan, and helped run a front organization for the mujaheddin known as Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK), which funneled money, arms, and fighters from the outside world into the Afghan war. According to MSNBC, “MAK [is] nurtured by Pakistan’s state security services, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI, the CIA’s primary conduit for conducting the covert war against Moscow’s occupation.” MAK became Osama bin Laden’s main charity front in the 1980s and the precursor organization to al-Qaeda”. In 2005, investigative journalist Joe Trento wrote, “CIA money was actually funneled to MAK, since it was recruiting young men to come join the jihad in Afghanistan. By 1985 MAK branches opened in over 30 US cities, allowing Muslim-Americans to donate millions of dollars to support the Afghan war against the Soviet Union. The most important branch, called the Al-Kifah Refugee Center, opened in…
Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK)
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