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Declassified: The Taliban (2005)
by Shearer, Kosh, Flynn
Monday Oct 13th, 2008 5:17 PM
A History of the support given by the CIA to the Afghan Mujahedin and Pakistan during the 1980s
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In 1979, the CIA armed and funded the Mujahedin, leaving a programme worth millions of dollars in the hands of the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI). Among the Mujahedin was a rich Saudi called Osama bin Laden.

By 1984, the US was spending $200 million a year on the Afghan/Soviet war.

After five years, President Reagan and the CIA decided to triple the budget for weapons to the Mujahedin.

The Taliban emerge later in the mid-1990s out of the Pakistani madrassas. During this period, the ISI introduce bin Laden to Taliban leaders.
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