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‘Agents of Destruction’: How CIA Helped Create Islamist Frankenstein


Washington and its allies created the Islamist Frankenstein with their own hands: over the decades radical Muslim ‘agents of destruction’ have formed the belt of instability which stretches across the MENA region to Central Asia and beyond. But how did it all begin?

Back in December 1979 the USSR deployed a limited contingent of Soviet troops in Afghanistan in response to repeated requests from the Afghani government.

It is worth mentioning that the Soviet leadership had long hesitated to launch the military operation aimed at stabilizing the political situation in the Central Asian state, considering it completely “unreasonable.”

“Comrades, I have thought this issue over very thoroughly since yesterday and have concluded that we should consider very, very seriously whether it would make sense to send troops into Afghanistan. The economy is backward, the Islamic religion predominates, and nearly all of the rural population is illiterate. I do not think we can uphold the revolution in Afghanistan with the help of our bayonets. The idea is intolerable and we cannot risk it,” KGB Chairman Yuriy Andropov said at one the Soviet politburo discussion on the matter, as quoted by US academic David N. Gibbs (Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion in Retrospect, 2000).

In April 1979 the Kremlin rejected Kabul’s plea to send Soviet ground troops to the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, explaining that the move would add the fuel to the fire of the Afghani internal strife.Furthermore, the Soviet government voiced its concerns that the military involvement would be misinterpreted by the USSR’s Cold War rivals and used as a pretext for an all-out anti-Soviet propaganda campaign.

However, the situation in Afghanistan soon spun out of control, threatening security of the USSR border regions. In this context the Kremlin made the decision to step in.

Predictably, the Kremlin’s grim prognoses came true: the USSR’s involvement in Afghanistan’s affairs prompted a backlash from the United States.

Washington had long been keeping an eye on Soviet-Afghani relations. The USSR’s attempts to bolster the pro-Soviet government in Kabul clearly contradicted the American Cold War-era containment doctrine.

It has been shrouded in secrecy that the US began to aid the “Mujahedeen” (warriors engaged in a “holy war,” jihad) in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet intervention.

“According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahedeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first


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