Al-Qaeda, meaning "the Base" in English, is a Salafi Muslim organization. As fundamentalists, they are guided exclusively by the oldest Islamic sources. These include: Allah's Qur'an or Recital whose oldest written fragments date to 725 CE, Muhammad's Sira or Biography compiled by Ishaq in 750 CE (120 years after Muhammad's death), Islam's Ta'rikh or History compiled by Tabari between 870 and 920 CE, and the Hadith or Oral Reports from Muhammad and his Companions compiled by Bukhari and Muslim around 850 CE. As Salafi Muslims, al-Qaeda members strive to obey Allah's orders and follow Muhammad's example. And that is why they are terrorists.
While al-Qaeda is often referred to as Wahhabist, that designation just means that they adhere to the pure, uncorrupted form of Islam lived and taught by Allah's lone messenger and Islam's solitary prophet Muhammad. And that's not good since according to the oldest Islamic sources Allah's prophet was a sexual pervert, a rapist and pedophile, a womanizer and adulterer who was incestuous. Muhammad was actively engaged in armed robbery, mass murder, kidnapping, extortion, and the slave trade. But more than anything, Muhammad was a terrorist. Allah's messenger led 75 terrorist raids during the first ten years of the Islamic Era.
While al-Qaeda is led by Allah, it was founded by Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Azzam. Today, the Islamic club's ambassadors are Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. We will detail their lives in a moment. But first, let's review how al-Qaeda came to exist.
The inspiration and guidance was provided by Palestinian Islamic cleric and scholar Abdallah Azzam. Dr. Abu Muhammad Abdallah Azzam was the charismatic figure who served as bin Laden's ideologue and spiritual mentor. The Islamic academician named "Slave-to-Allah" taught that Jihad was the personal responsibility of every Muslim to liberate the lands of Islam from infidel control. His mantra was consistent with the definition of Jihad found in the Noble Qur'an's first use of the term:
"Jihad is holy fighting in Allah's Cause with full force of numbers and weaponry. It is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars. By Jihad, Islam is established, Allah's Word is made superior, which means only Allah has the right to be worshiped, and Islam is propagated. By abandoning Jihad, Islam is destroyed and Muslims fall into an inferior position. Their honor is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim. He who tries to escape from this duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite." (Noble Qur'an - Translation of the Meanings in the English Language, definition reference to Qur'an 2:190, page 39, furnished by the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur'an, translated by Dr. Muhammad al-Hilali and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan of the Islamic University, Al Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).
You should know that the Qur'an defines "hypocrite" in the 9th surah as peace-loving, moderate Muslims who are so vile that Allah will personally attend to their tortures in hell. Therefore, being a peaceful Muslim is a lose-lose scenario. If Muhammad spoke for God and the Qur'an is accurate, Allah hates peaceful Muslims and will personally destroy them. If Muhammad was a lying buffoon, the real hypocrite, then relying upon his religion is a fool's folly.
Osama bin Laden's jihad mentor, and the actual founder of al-Qaeda, the Palestinian professor Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Azzam said: "The love of jihad (holy war) took over my life, my soul, my sensations, my heart and my emotions. If preparing for jihad is terrorism, then we are terrorists. If defending our honor is extremist, we are extremists. If jihad against our enemies is fundamentalism, we are fundamentalists." (Dr. Abdallah Azzam as quoted on commemorative posters printed by HAMAS' Tulkarm Charitable Society).
The professor's words are repeated in books, pamphlets, audio and video cassettes, and they are preached in mosques. He is considered one of the four most outstanding figures of the Islamic struggle in Palestine and around the world. Also included on that list are Hassan al-Bana, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood (from which all modern Islamic terrorist organizations sprang), Sheikh Izzedine al-Qassam, a Syrian Islamic cleric and terrorist whose epic speeches and exploits are considered exemplary, and Ahmad Yassen, the founder of HAMAS.
Dr. Abdallah Azzam attended Islam's foremost academic institution, Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. It was there that he became a student of Islam and joined the Muslim Brotherhood. He received a doctorate in Islamic Law, graduating with honors. With these credentials, you can be assured that Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Azzam's understanding of Islam is consistent with the Islamic scriptures. Osama bin Laden's jihad mentor and religious teacher knows Islam infinitely better than all of the politicians who errantly claim that his student "corrupted, misinterpreted, and hijacked a peaceful religion.".
Following his graduation, and shortly after the Six Day War, Azzam moved to Jordan. As part of the Muslim Brotherhood, he participated in terrorist raids against Israel in the Jordan Valley. He became a commander of a base in Zarqa, Jordan where Muslim Brotherhood militants were trained so that they could operate in Israel under the Palestinian Fatah flag.
During the 1970s, Azzam taught Islamic Law at the University of Jordan in Amman. But when he used his position to recruit for the Muslim Brotherhood he was fired. Along with other members of the Muslim Brotherhood, he left for Saudi Arabia in 1980.
In 1981 Azzam began teaching Islamic Theology at the King Saud bin Abdul al-Aziz University (named after Saud King Faisal, Muhammad bin Laden's (Osama's father) benefactor) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden, attended the same school but graduated two years before Dr. Azzam's arrival. But what's important here is that Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Azzam would not have been allowed to teach Islamic Theology at Saudi Arabia's premier state-run university if his interpretation of Islam differed in any appreciable way from that of the Saud family or the Wahhabist clerics they employed.
Now while Saudi Arabia was on the front lines of propagating Salafi Islam, Pakistan was ground zero for implementing fundamentalist Islam. So Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Azzam, at the urging of the Muslim World League, volunteered to teach at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. This was two years after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, so the Great Jihad was boiling.
For the next few years, between 1981 through 1984, Dr. Azzam remained on the Saudi payroll while teaching fundamentalist Islam in Pakistan's political capital. But he didn't get a good report card from the Pakistanis who wanted him preparing jihadists rather than being a jihadist. His Saud funding was temporarily suspended and Azzam left Islamabad for Peshawar, where he began teaching at the College for Preaching and Jihad. Simultaneously, he managed the Pakistani offices of the Muslim Brotherhood and was responsible for sending Muslim Brotherhood teachers into Pakistani public and religious schools to promote jihad.
Muhammad Abdallah Azzam first met his star pupil when he was lecturing at the College for Preaching and Jihad in Peshawar, Pakistan, a town near the Afghanistan border. The college educated/indoctrinated many mujahideen (holy warriors) who participated in the Great Jihad against the Soviet Army. For this, Azzam is adulated to this day in the Islamic world.
The Al-Azhar professor laid the foundation for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, HAMAS, as well as most Islamic terrorist organizations. He expounded upon fundamentalist Islam in his fatwah, or Islamic religious edict, entitled: The Defense of Muslim Lands - the Most Important Personal Duty. It has become canonical in the Muslim world. Not only is it distributed by the Taliban and HAMAS, it has become required reading material for all al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic associations. First published in 1984, by the Modern Mission Library in Amman, Jordan, Dr. Abdullah Azzam's book serves as al-Qaeda's Constitution. His fatwah features quotations from the oldest Islamic sources, both Qur'an and Hadith, along with support from leading Muslim clerics in Saudi Arabia.
There is no question that bin Laden was influenced by Azzam's rhetoric and charisma, or that the teacher and student immediately bonded. But this needs to be made clear: Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Azzam didn't tell Osama bin Laden anything he didn't already know. Azzam's interpretations of Islam were identical to those preached in the Saudi mosques and taught in the Saudi schools bin Laden had attended. All Azzam did was distill the essential scriptural sources down so that the conclusion was undeniable and irrefutable - Allah demands that all Muslims fight to the death in his cause. Jihad is compulsory in Islam. The religion is a declaration of war on all mankind.
The cooperation between Dr. Azzam and bin Laden was manifest in what they called "the four institutions and mosques." These were established one after another. When they united, the grew into the infrastructure of al-Qaeda. They were:.
1) Bayt al-Ansar, or the House of the Supporters. As the first institution established by Azzam and bin Laden, BA served to provide infrastructure and logistical support, including food, shelter, clothing, and Islamic study material, for the mujahideen who had come to Pakistan to fight the Russians.
2) Maktab Khadamat, or the Office of Mujahideen Services. Its purpose was to equip the jihadists. It was financed by Saudi Intelligence, the Saudi Red Crescent, the Saud royal family, and by King Faisal himself.
3) While there was never a specified name for the project, the MAK ventured into the construction of training camps. In this endeavor, Abdallah Azzam and Osama bin Laden had two benefactors. The bases were provided courtesy of the Pakistani government by way of their intelligence community known as the ISI. Their weapons were provided by the American CIA - who by this time had already been arming Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan and Afghanistan for four years. (More on that later.).
4) Al-Qaeda al-Subah, or the Firm Base. The original name al-Qaeda al-Subah was chosen by Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Azzam, not bin Laden. It had nothing to do with the database Osama compiled of jihadists as is often reported. The name al-Qaeda al-Subah tells us that the organization was conceived to provide a firm Islamic foundation from which jihadists would succeed at being shaheeds - meaning martyrs who witness to Islam and earn paradise by dying fighting Infidels in Allah's Cause. The purpose of al-Qaeda al-Subah is to prepare Muslims for terrorist operations. That would include religious education, physical training, as well as logistical support for jihad.
Within this structure, Osama bin Laden toiled in the areas of acquiring funding, providing life support for arriving jihadists, building training camps, and allocating American weaponry. Dr. Azzam was engaged in recruiting, preaching Islam, and establishing the firm religious base the Islamic mujahideen would require to fight and die as a jihadist. While Abdullah Azzam and Osama bin Laden were partners in the development of Bayt al-Ansar, Maktab Khadamat, and Al-Qaeda al-Subah, they were not equals. The inspiration for al-Qaeda, its guiding light, was Azzam. The Palestinian professor was al-Qaeda's founder, its spiritual leader, the man who wrote its business plan, and its inspiration. The Saudi student was the technician. In business parlance, Azzam was Founder, Chairman, and CEO while bin Laden was Chief Operating Officer and CFO.
Using Saudi, Pakistani, and American money, Dr. Azzam traveled around the globe, establishing the connections that would lead to al-Qaeda's worldwide network of affiliates. He even visited the United States, participating in an Islamic conference in Oklahoma City in 1988 (the site of an al-Qaeda affiliate's (Abu Sayyaf's) initial strike in the United States). During that trip, he also visited mosques and Islamic schools in Brooklyn, New York, where he successfully recruited jihadists and aided and abetted al-Qaeda's second and third strikes on U.S. soil. While in the United States, Azzam also met with the Islamic Association for Palestine, a cover for HAMAS, designed to transfer tax-exempt dollars from American Muslims to Islamic terrorism.
Dr. Azzam appears on a video cassette entitled "The Jihad in America" which recorded his visits to the United States in the late 1980s. It was produced by journalist Steve Emerson and was broadcast in America in 1994 - seven years before Azzam's ambitions were fulfilled in New York and Washington.
On November 24, 1989, Abdallah Azzam, al-Qaeda al-Subah's founder and religious leader, was killed along with two of his sons when a bomb exploded in his car in Peshawar, Pakistan. His assassins were either Soviet intelligence agents or representatives of the pro-Soviet regime in control of Afghanistan at the time, or both.
Today, Dr. Muhammad Abdallah Azzam is known as "Amir Jihad," or the "Leader of the Holy War." After analyzing the fall of the Muslim world he came to the conclusion that the abandonment of jihad was responsible for Islam's decline. He recognized that Islam had been built by the sword and it had died when the swords had been laid down.
Azzam exposed fundamentalist Islamic doctrine that came to permeate the rhetoric of the association he founded. He said that jihad was the vehicle Muslims must deploy to regain their power. He said that any land which had ever been subjected to Islamic rule at any time must be returned to Islamic dominion. He taught that Infidels should not be allowed to tread on Muslim soil. Azzam preached that indiscriminate terrorist attacks on civilian populations were legitimate Islamic practices that had to be deployed to achieve victory.
To verify the veracity of these fatwahs, the Islamic cleric and scholar quoted Islamic Hadith attributable to the prophet Muhammad. He noted that Muslims had a duty and were authorized to attack infidels even if the targets were women and children, and not fighters. His use of Hadith and Qur'an surahs in this regard became the foundation for Islamic terrorism as we know it today.
In his parting salvo, Dr. Azzam wrote an open letter to Muslims he entitled "The Will." It was hauntingly similar to the Nazi recruiting film, Triumph of the Will.
"My fellow Muslims,.
Jihad is your life, jihad is your glory. The substance of your existence is linked by fate to jihad. Fellow preachers, you have no value on this earth beyond that of you destroying the population of cruel rulers, infidels and sinners [i.e., killing all non-Muslims and peaceful Muslims].
Those of the opinion that the religion of Allah can be victorious without a jihad, without a battle, and without dismembered bodies strewn in every direction only delude themselves. They do not understand the essence of the Islamic religion.
Indeed, veneration for religious Islamic preachers, the might of the message of Islam, and the eminence of Muslims will never be realized without a battle against the infidels. In the words of the prophet Muhammad: "Yea verily will Allah displace from the hearts of your enemies their fear of you, while in your hearts he will certainly plant faintheartedness." And those who heard him asked: "Messenger of Allah, what is faintheartedness?" And the prophet answered: "The love of pleasures as opposed to the hatred of death and aversion to battle." Take the initiative and lead those of this generation who have returned to their sovereign [Muslims who accept Allah as their sole leader], may your hearts know no fear and yearn not for mundane pleasures. Beware lest you rely upon the luxurious table of cruel rulers, for they will destroy your hearts and extinguish them, separate you from the generation and drive a wedge between your hearts and theirs.".
As we discovered earlier, the Maktab al-Khadamat, or MAK, was a joint venture with the Pakistani government by way of their Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Saudi Arabia with their OPEC funding and Wahhabi inspiration. Of this alliance from hell, the leader of the British House of Commons correctly wrote: "Bin Laden was a product of monumental miscalculation by western security agencies." He was right. And since this "monumental miscalculation" has obliterated 7,000 American lives in the last ten years, you deserve to know who was responsible.
The policy to equip Islamic fundamentalists was crafted by Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) leader, Zbigniew Brzezinski. At the time he was President Jimmy Carter's mentor and National Security Advisor. Years before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, Zbigniew Brzezinski conceived, sold, and implemented the plan to lure them in, creating a Russian Vietnam by way of Islamic jihadists.
During this time the American CIA covertly funneled $250 million a year in cash and weaponry to Maktab al-Khadamat, al-Qaeda al-Sudah, and Taliban jihadists. The total to Osama bin Laden's associates ultimately climbed to over a billion dollars. And overall U.S. military aid to Muslim militants in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, exceeded $5 billion. Not only was the Pakistani Taliban the most substantial recipient of CIA weaponry, their Foreign Affairs Minister, the man who was responsible for the Taliban's dealings with the ISI and CIA was Hamid Karzai - George Bush's appointed leader of Afghanistan.
A little background here is in order because the facts are, America was instrumental in creating both the Taliban and al-Qaeda. At the time Zia was dictator over Pakistan. He worked with the U.S as early as July of 1979 to start arming Pakistani and Afghani Mujahideen to fight against the Soviet-backed government in Afghanistan. The Soviets, who liked the Marxist-Muslim government in Kabul, did not invade until late December - six months later.
This fact was not known at the time and has only come to light recently as CFR, CIA, and NSA officials have jumped up to claim their credit for helping to tear down the Soviet Union. Robert Gates, a former director of the CIA, confessed as much in his memoirs entitled From the Shadows.
But even more revealing is an interview in the French Le Nouvel Observateur in 1998. It was conducted with former American National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski. He said: "According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahideen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet Army invaded Afghanistan, on December 24th, 1979. But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was July 3rd, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the President in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.".
This is stunning, since the U.S. vilified the Soviet Union for being the aggressor in Afghanistan. Jimmy Carter scoffed at their "lies" when the Soviets claimed they were trying to fight against "the secret involvement of foreign influences [read: the United States] in Afghanistan." It was so hypocritical. The holier-than-thou Jimmy Carter boycotted the 1980 Olympics in protest of the Soviet Union's incursion, and set into motion an international anti-Soviet propaganda machine condemning them as aggressors and a threat to world peace, when he himself was the instigator - the man who started a war that killed nearly 15,000 Russians, 7,000 Americans, 1.3 million Afghanis, and as many as 6 million additional people worldwide since that time.
When Council on Foreign Relation's head and National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was asked if he regretted pulling off such a massive and deadly deception against the world, he replied, "Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, in substance: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.".
While this was a contributing factor to the demise of the USSR, America's support of the Soviet Union in World War II under somewhat similar pretenses, established the beast in the first place. In other words, when a nation deploys the strategy of the enemy of my enemy is my friend, they manufacture their next foe - and all too often they create a much bigger mess.
Brzezinski capped off his amazing confession with a callous disregard for the consequences of aiding and abetting Islamic fundamentalists. He asked: "What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Muslims, or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?".
The interviewer, even in the pre-9/11 context of 1998, and being a member of the politically correct, Islam-tolerant French media, threw back, "Some stirred-up Moslems? It has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today." Brzezinski, angered at his interviewer's attempt to hold him accountable for his actions, responded, "Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western, or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.".
I'd like to see him tell that same story to the 1,000 American families who have lost loved ones to Islam in Israel, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. Or to the 3,000 American families who lost loved ones to Islam in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2001. Or to the 3,000 American families who have lost loved ones to Islam in the War of Terrorism since that time in Afghanistan and Iraq. The investment of $5 billion used to fund fundamentalist Muslims to fight the Soviets pales in comparison to the $550 billion the nation has had to spend undoing that damage in the past four years.
Brzezinski's ignorance of Islam, and his errant comparison of it to Christianity in the West, set the stage for an onslaught of Islamic terrorism that has engulfed the world in fear, enslaved a billion lives with its oppression, and killed 6 million people in thirty-five years. The enemy that he funded is now on the path of nuclear annihilation with America being the prime target. The U.S. had once again manufactured a more lethal enemy than it eliminated. It matters not if the White House occupant is Republican or Democrat. They are all Satan's little helpers and scheming scumbags.
The nature of al-Qaeda changed dramatically after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. Osama bin Laden, who was like a son to the Saud family, negotiated for the right to defend the holy Islamic lands from the secular infidel Saddam Hussein. Fresh off of his victory over the Soviet Union, he promised tens of thousands of armed mujahideen, all amply equipped with American weapons. But he was rebuffed by the Saudi OPECers in favor of George H.W. Bush who had also applied for the job for personal reasons. A former ally, Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, was now a foe.
It would turn out to be among the costliest victory's in American history. As a direct result of being rebuked, Osama bin Laden renounced his government and condemned its dependency upon the United States. He demanded the closure of all American bases in Saudi Arabia and the complete withdrawal of the U.S. military - a demand that America has now met. He then issued his most famous fatwah. Following in the footsteps of his prophet and his mentor, called for the Muslim world to rise up and kill Americans - anywhere and everywhere.
Most American's are ignorant of these astonishing facts. Had America not deployed its troops to liberate one OPECer from another during Operation Desert Storm, 9/11 would not have occurred. And second, after saving the fundamentalist Islamic Saudis from the secular Iraqis, and after invested another $5 billion in American military bases in Saudi Arabia, the United States cut and ran. Not only are there no longer any American bases or troops in the Saud fiefdom, the oil-drenched royalty would not allow America to use its soil for the reinvasion of Iraq following 9/11.
The flood of American troops into Saudi Arabia in 1991 revolted OBL and his Islamic associates to the point of rage. This led to Osama's intense hatred of his former ally, America, and to the undermining of the Saud fiefdom in Arabia - pushing them to be ever more repressive and Islamic to survive. Bin Laden then used America's presence in Arabia, and the "crusaders" attack on Iraq, to inflame anti-American sentiment among Muslim militants worldwide.
Bin Laden's criticisms of the Saud warlords that got him expelled to the Sudan where the rejected boy pouted and then plotted his revenge: 9/11. Funded by donations through Islamic charitable fronts such as Benevolence International and Khalid bin Mahfouz's Muwaffaq Foundation, meaning "Blessed Relief," Osama and his brother-in-law, Muhammad Jamal Khalifa, reestablished their mujahideen operations in the Sudan. Their farms, on land confiscated from native Africans, were used to disseminate Salafi-fundamentalist Islam, to train Muslim militants, and to recruit jihadists from mosques in the Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, and the United States.
So that we understand the environment in which he flourished, Arab Muslims in the Sudan, before, during, and after OBL's tenure there, conducted the most horrific genocide since the Holocaust - killing 2.7 million non-Muslim Africans in 20 years. Many of the murderers were corrupted on bin Laden's farms in the Sudan, although to be fair, bin Laden was a late arrival to this party.
Osama bin Laden's terrorist activities included training in the Qur'an and the use of explosives. He was supported by the Muslim warlord, Dr. Hassan ‘abdAllah al-Turabi - the head of the National Islamic Front, and Sudanese dictator. As is true with most of the Islamic world, terror is state sponsored, the official business of Islam. Al-Turabi established Sharia law in the Sudan which made any religion other than Islam illegal. During this time, bin Laden and his Islamic pals began planning and executing a series of attacks. These include the murders of U.S. troops in Riyadh and Dahran, Saudi Arabia as well as in Kenya and Tanzania.
However, in the midst of the Sudanese holocaust, Osama bin Laden became a lightening rod, and a distraction. America was more interested in capturing him on behalf of the Sauds than the nation was protecting millions of Africans from continued slaughter at the hands of the Islamic government forces. Consequently, the Sudan expelled OBL to Afghanistan so that they could go on killing Africans without interruption.
Bin Laden's first blood against U.S. citizens occurred on December 29, 1992. He planned the bombing of the Gold Mihor Hotel in Aden, Yemen. The Yemeni hotel had served as home for 100 American troops who were part of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.
There was some financial evidence, some say, that OBL supported Ramzi Yousef and Sheikh Ar-Rahman in their 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. Others now suggest that some of those who killed 18 U.S. Rangers in Mogadishu in 1993, were trained by bin Laden when he was in the Sudan. The Saudi's believe Osama inspired the bombing of the Khobar military complex in Saudi Arabia that left 21 U.S. soldiers dead.
OBL is now such a legend and hero in the Islamic world, it's hard to know which terrorist attacks he was actually responsible for. Those who want to distance terrorism from Islam always blame Osama bin Laden, saying "the terrorists are suspected to have links to al-Qaeda." In actuality, all of the terrorists, including OBL, have links to Islam. That is the one thing that connects them all.
When bin Laden returned to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mujahideen leader, Abdul Rasuul Sayyaf, received him with open arms. Within no time, bin Laden formed close ties with like-minded Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan's new Pakistani-backed Taliban government. He and Muslim Mullah Muhammad Omar became allies and started working together. While they were no longer funded by the American CIA, Pakistan's ISI and Saudi Arabia were still providing substantial support.
In Afghanistan, Osama rekindled his relationship with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Jihad and al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (the Islamic Group) who had visited during the Great Jihad. They would ultimately merge their Muslim militant clubs into one organization.
Their first act of terrorism together suggested that al-Zawahiri was in command. In 1997 they perpetrated the Luxor massacre which killed 62 tourists at the Egyptian temple to the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. The modus operandi included beheadings and disembowelments. Interestingly, Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak blamed the U.K. for the attack because they had granted asylum to the Islamic militant leaders who had inspired the raid. So had the United States.
In 1998, bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri cosigned their most famous fatwa, or binding religious edict. It read: "The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies, civilians and military, is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque [Jerusalem] and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim. This is in accordance with the words of Almighty Allah: ‘and fight the infidels all together as they fight you all together,' and ‘fight them until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevails only the religion of Allah.'".
Both quotes were directly from the Qur'an as are most of bin Laden's and al-Zawahiri's edicts. They would later say: "We are following in Muhammad's footsteps." They were telling the truth. It is the West who is lying about them.
Also in 1998, al-Qaeda's bombed to American Embassy bombings in Africa. In 2000, they attacked the USS Cole in Yemen. September 11th, 2001 was their most infamous assault on America but they have been relentless ever since. Actually, America has made it easy for them. Rather than al-Qaeda having to send their operatives half way around the world, the targets have come to al-Qaeda. The arrival of "crusading infidels" in Afghanistan and Iraq has created the Second Great Jihad and a target rich environment for jihadists.
Today, Al-Qaeda's philosophy is identical to that crafted by Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Azzam. They seek to overthrow un-Islamic regimes in lands once ruled by Islam and replace them with fundamentalist Islamic theocracies. Israel is such a place and the United States is seen as aiding an abetting the Jewish enemy.
Al-Qaeda however is more of an association than an organization - a loose confederation of like-minded Islamic groups. They exist in the spiritual, rather than material realm, which is why the West neither understands them nor combats them effectively. While their carnage is certainly physical, the assets they deploy are mostly religious.
Al-Qaeda will ally with Islamic terrorist groups anywhere in the world to further their goals. These include Islamic clubs fighting Muslim governments with allegedly apostate rulers such as Egypt, Algeria, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq (pre-invasion), Jordan, and Syria. They ally with Salafi organizations fighting regimes perceived to oppress their Muslim citizens, such as Kosovo, India, Kashmir, Russia, and Indonesia. And they support Islamic terrorists fighting to establish their own Islamic states, such as Palestine, Chechnya, Dagestan and Mindanao.
Al-Qaeda supports their allied terrorist associations by training group members in its camps, both mentally and spiritually, and by sending its members out to help other Islamic groups succeed in their missions. Surprising to most, the overwhelming majority of al-Qaeda trainees are militant militia fighters rather than terrorists. They have been trained to operate in civilian militias with an Islamic clerical command and control structure. Nearly 3,000 Americans have been murdered by Islamic guerilla tactics in Iraq, so the nation should be more cognizant of this truth than it is. The same kind of paramilitary units are ravaging Kashmir. It is estimated that as few as 5% of al-Qaeda's trainees are terrorists, meaning that 95% are militia militants prepared to execute guerilla tactics. But I suppose the confusion lies in the fact that Americans have been led to believe that the enemy is terrorism, not Islam. Yet terror is simply a tactic. When we don't know who the enemy is or what words mean, we have no hope of success.
Al-Qaeda's members know who they are - good Muslims. They know who their leader is - Allah. They know whose example they are following - Muhammad's. These guys are veterans. Most of al-Qaeda's members have served in mujahideen and terrorist campaigns in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kashmir, Mindanao, Chechnya, Lebanon, Israel, Nagorno-Karabakh, the Sudan, Somalia, Algeria, and Egypt.
Al-Qaeda's most famous Muslim is known by many names: Abu Abdallah, Abd al-Hakim, Al Hajj, Mujahideen Sheikh, Sheikh bin Laden, The Contractor, and The Director. He was born Osama bin Laden in 1957 to Muhammad bin Laden, originally of Yemen. The elder bin Laden was a womanizer, having married 22 times. Osama was the 17th of 55 children the religious zealot and money-grubbing pervert fathered. OBL's mother was Muhammad bin Laden's 10th wife, Alia Ghanem. She was a Syrian. Therefore, Osama's genes were from Yemen and Syria, but that is not what made him bad. It was his Saudi upbringing.
Osama bin Laden was just ten-years-old when his father died but his influence on his son was immense. At the time of his father's death, the man who would become the world's most infamous terrorist, was being indoctrinated in fundamental Salafi/Wahhabi Islam in schools and mosques under the control of Saud royal family - schools and mosques built by his father. The beast who would murder thousands of Americans was manufactured by the religion of Islam in religious and academic facilities supported by the Saud warlords, build by the bin Laden company, and funded by OPEC. The West paid the tab for the feudal factories that made the terrorists that killed them.
It all began in 1964 when Prince Faisal (Saud bin Abdul Aziz) deposed his half-brother, King Saud, and began rebuilding the fiefdom which had squandered its OPEC fortune in meaningless personal indulgences and excess. From what we can tell, King Abdul Aziz, known in the West as King Faisal, was pleased with the construction work Muhammad bin Laden was doing on his $1.1 billion royal palace enlargement project. As a reward, the Saud king and dictator issued a royal decree awarding all future construction projects in Saudi Arabia to bin Laden's construction company. The OPEC monopoly created a construction monopoly, all working in harmony with a destruction monopoly known as Islamic terrorism.
Muhammad bin Laden would make his initial fortune from having the exclusive rights to all mosques, religious buildings, and Islamic schools in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East - including the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem where his firm continues to destroy the Temple Mount. And this means that Muhammad bin Laden built the facilities that corrupted his son Osama into becoming the world's best-known Islamic terrorist. It also means that the West paid the bill by way of OPEC. Worse, it means that when five American presidents partnered with this family, they aided and abetted terrorism.
During his life, Muhammad bin Laden became a Sheikh and one of King Abdul Aziz's closest associates. All the while, Muhammad bin Laden was a devout fundamentalist Muslim and he demanded that his children observe his strict Wahhabist religious code. So in death, he left an enduring, yet foreboding legacy. In the September 3rd, 1967 entry to the Islamic Terror Timeline I detailed the financial history of Muhammad bin Laden and how it influenced the fortunes of the American presidents - most especially George W. Bush and his dad. I won't repeat that information here.
We know that Osama was raised a devout Sunni Muslim, as were and are all Saudi children. He and his fellow Saudis are Salafi/fundamentalists, known in the West as Wahhabists - the purest form of Islam. They are indoctrinated in their schools, in their mosques, in their political assemblies, and by their media. There is no voice of moderation in Saudi Arabia.
From 1968 to 1976 Osama bin Laden attended class in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His school was funded by Saudi king, Faisal bin Addul Aziz and built by his father. It was there that he leaned what he knows about Islam. In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Education publishes textbooks for mandatory Islamic studies. Parts read as if they were excerpts from bin Laden's fatwahs. And that's because they are singing from the same hymnal. The Qur'an is a declaration of war on all mankind and Muhammad, Allah's lone messenger, was a terrorist. We should not be surprised that 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were educated by the Sauds.
Approved eighth-grade texts teach that "the Jews are apes...while the swine are the Christians." They say this because it is what the Qur'an says. A 12th-grader in Saudi Arabia learns that, according to Muhammad and Allah: "Jihad (holy war) is a violent struggle against Jews, Christians, and peaceful, moderate Muslims who don't follow Allah's instructions and Muhammad's example.".
The highest raking Islamic cleric in Saudi Arabia, and the Saud warlord's favorite imam, al Buraik, said this on Saudi state-controlled television: "I am against America. She is the toot of all evils and wickedness on earth. Muslims, don't take Jews and Christians as allies. Muslim brothers do not have any mercy or compassion on them, their blood, their money, or their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. Allah made them yours in his Qur'an. Why don't you enslave their women? Why don't you wage jihad? Why don't you pillage them?".
This was the example Muhammad established for Muslims to follow. It is why Muslims do these things. This is what Osama bin Laden was taught in his Saudi classroom. It is why he kills. It is why he plunders. Therefore, he has not corrupted Islam, Islam corrupted him.
When bin Laden's father died, he left his young son $80 million dollars - money that came directly from Saudi OPEC crude. Eleven years later, one of the most uncivil men who has ever lived, graduated from King Abdul-Aziz University, in Jeddah, with a degree in civil engineering. Every step of the way, the world's most famous terrorist was educated in Saudi state-controlled mosques and schools.
At 17 Osama married the first of five wives. One, author Kola Boof, claims that she was kept in Morocco as a sex slave against her will. Since that time, bin Laden has fathered 24 children. Two of his sons, Omar and Abdallah bin Laden, organized the U.S. branch of the World Congress of Muslim Youth in Falls Church, Virginia during the 1990s.
If you are wondering why Osama's sons were allowed to establish an Islamic center just outside Washington, or why they were allowed to leave after 9/11/2001, the answer is George Bush authorized their departure and his administration prevented the FBI from investigating Omar and Abdallah bin Laden and their World Congress of Muslim Youth. The reason: because it would be embarrassing to the Sauds and George Walker Bush cares more about them than Americans. They are his partners after all.
The BBC and the British Guardian reported in November 2001: "High placed intelligence sources in Washington told us this week, ‘There were always constraints on investigating the Saudis and the restrictions became worse after the Bush administration took over this year. We were told to "back off" when it came to investigating bin Laden's family and their ties to the Saudi royals. We were also told not to investigate links which suggest that the Saudis have acquired Pakistani nuclear weapons.'".
The behavior would be manifest twice more the following year. When the Rand Corporation published their report for the Pentagon examining the connection between the Saudis and Islamic terrorism, the Bush administration had the document suppressed, its conclusions repudiated, and the team responsible for it fired. Shortly thereafter, the 19-page segment of the 9/11 Commission Report dealing with the Saudis was blacked-out and classified. This administration has something to hide. The truth is, the Bush's are in bed with the Saudis, including even the bin Ladens.
The introduction to the London Guardian's story, dateline, November 7, 2001 reads: "FBI and military intelligence officials in Washington say they were prevented for political reasons from carrying out full investigations into members of the Bin Laden family in the U.S. before the terrorist attacks of September 11. U.S. intelligence agencies have come under criticism for their wholesale failure to predict the catastrophe at the World Trade Centre. But some are complaining that their hands were tied. FBI documents shown on BBC Newsnight and obtained by the Guardian show that they had earlier sought to investigate two of Osama bin Laden's relatives in Washington and a Muslim organization, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), with which they were linked. The FBI file, marked Secret and coded 199, which means a case involving national security, records that Abdullah bin Laden, who lived in Washington, had had a file opened on him ‘because of his relationship with the World Assembly of Muslim Youth - a suspected terrorist organization.'" Yes, America, your president is more interested in protecting the Saudis than he is you. Now, why would that be...
The soft-spoken bin Laden now suffers from kidney disease. His egotistical aliases and nicknames are: the Prince, the Emir, the Slave to Allah, the Sheikh of the Mosque, the Director, and the Samaritan. He currently lives in Pakistan, probably in Peshawar, where he and Dr. Azzam established al-Qaeda with the support of the Carter Administration, the American CIA, the Pakistani government through their ISI, and the OPEC warlords corrupting Saudi Arabia.
The return to Pakistan means that Osama bin Laden and company are but one breath away from their ultimate prize - a nuclear arsenal. Moving al-Qaeda's leadership out of Afghanistan into Pakistan, the only Islamic country with nuclear weapons, will prove to be the most foolish thing America has ever done.
I have predicted that Osama bin Laden would die of kidney failure, but that it will make no difference. Al-Qaeda survived the death of its founder Dr. Azzam, and it will survive the death of its current voice, because the leader of al-Qaeda is Allah - the demented spirit known only through the words and deeds of his lone messenger, Muhammad. I have also predicted that al-Qaeda will obtain the nuclear weapons they seek and they will deploy them, but not in Israel, in America. They will sail them into America's largest cities and destroy the nation as we know it. Thus far, I have predicted many things regarding the war on terror that have come true. It is not that I am a prophet, just informed.
When Osama bin Laden returned to Afghanistan, he rekindled his relationship with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, a Muslim Brotherhood member, the founder of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and a leader in al Jihad and al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya (the Islamic Group). They would ultimately merge their Muslim militant clubs into one organization.
Since al-Qaeda today is no less, al-Zawahiri's, let's examine his credentials. Born to a middle class Egyptian family between 1951 and 1953, he is a physician, author, and poet. At fourteen, Ayman joined the Muslim Brotherhood. Two years later, at 16, he joined al Jihad.
Ayman al-Zawahiri was a follower of Sayyid Qutb, the father of modern jihadism. Sayyid Qutb received a Masters on scholarship to the University of Northern Colorado. He returned the generosity by telling Muslims to hate America. Upon his return to Egypt, Qutb, who was al-Zawahiri's mentor, just as Azzam was bin Laden's, was made responsible for public education. In other words, Egypt had entrusted the minds, hearts, and souls of its children to the Muslim Brotherhood.
It was during this time that Qutb wrote two books, Signposts Along the Way and In the Shade of the Qur'an. They serve to inform Muslims that jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam. Qutb, more than any modern Muslim, insisted that all non-Muslims were the enemy of their religion. But don't think for a moment that Qutb was a shallow, one-dimensional, jihad only type. He was first and foremost, a Qur'an scholar, just like his disciples, the blind professor and sheikh Ar-Rahman (the first World Trade Center bombing) and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri (the second World Trade Center bombing).
Suitably indoctrinated, Ayman al-Zawahiri moved to Afghanistan in the 1980s to join the mujahideen and fight the Great Jihad. There, he joined Dr. Abdallah Azzam and Osama bin Laden who were engage with their House of Supporters, known as the MAK. Al-Zawahiri blossomed under the religious tutelage of Dr. Azzam and became a first-rate jihadist.
Eventually, Ayman al-Zawahiri came to hate the somewhat secular Egyptian government so much, he founded Egyptian Islamic Jihad to wage war against his own country. And as we now know, he merged this organization into al-Qaeda, setting a pattern others would follow. During their tenure together, OBL provided OPEC funding and logistical support while AZ supplied the Qur'anic ideology and operational leadership.
After the Great Jihad was won, al-Zawahiri returned to Egypt, where he became the most outspoken of Muslim militants. In late 1996, al-Zawahiri was arrested in Russia for recruiting jihadists in Chechnya. Rather than deal with him, the Russians took Ayman to the Azerbaijani border and released him. The French and the Americans didn't have a monopoly on stupidity in this regard.
Ayman has been indicted for conspiracy to kill United States nationals, to murder, to destroy buildings and property of the United States, and to destroy National Defense utilities of the United States, largely in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. In 1999, he was sentenced to death in absentia in Egypt. The U.S. State Department has a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
Shortly after their reunion in 1998, Ayman and Osama issued their joint fatwah under the title "World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders." It elevated both men to prominence in the Muslim world. They also created their United Jihad Council which serves to coordinate terrorist attacks and allocate resources where they are needed.
The biggest problem with Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden isn't their terrorist assaults on Americans and Jews. It is that they and their club have been made out to be the enemy, when they are really just a symptom. When David Long, a State Department official and "terrorism expert" said "If you were to kill Osama tomorrow, the al-Qaeda organization would disappear," he displayed the kind of ignorance that enables the bloody hand of Islam. OBL and AZ are simply good Muslims and there are millions more like them. Killing one or both will make as little difference a capturing Saddam Hussein. If you will recall, terrorism in Iraq escalated exponentially after his incarceration. And that's because he was never the problem - merely an irritating distraction.
The 9/11 suicide bombers didn't kill for Osama, they died for Allah and Islam. They were following Muhammad's example and Allah's orders, not Osama's. They screamed the Islamic Prayer of Fear: "Allahu Akbar - Allah is the Greatest," not Osamau Akbar, Zawahiriu Akbar, or even Azzamu Akbar.
America has lashed out at a symptom, and not the disease, so sometime in the next 10 to 20 years, the disease will sail nuclear bombs into the nation's largest cities and detonate them. While Islam will be at fault, Americans will only have themselves to blame.
Al-Qaeda defector Jamal Ahmed al Fadl testified that Osama bin Laden had tried to purchase enriched uranium on the black market for $1.5 million. He was attempting to build a radiological dispersion device (known as a dirty bomb) and acquire fissionable material for an atomic weapon. Once this is accomplished in the next five to ten years, fundamentalist Muslim militants like bin Laden will either use their own bomb, one they acquire from Russia, or one or more of Pakistan's nuclear bombs to destroy American cities.
Throughout 2000 and 2001, two Pakistani nuclear scientists who worked for Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission and ISI, Sultan Bashir-ud-Din Mehmood and Abdul Majid made several trips to Kabul, Afghanistan to meet with Osama bin Laden. Both men shared bin Laden's fundamentalist Islamic beliefs and spent their spare time engaged in the Holy Qur'an Research Foundation - which even the United States listed as a terrorist organization. Mehmood's son told the Associated Press in December 2002 that the purpose of the visits with bin Laden was to help al-Qaeda build a nuclear bomb. Both scientists were taken into custody in an ISI safe house after American authorities complained. But they were released by Musharraf shortly thereafter.
A year after I wrote Tea With Terrorists, the United States intelligence community learned that the Islamic plot that I had predicted in the book based upon my understanding of Islam and current world events, was accurate. With the capture of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad in Pakistan, al-Qaeda's plan to create a "nuclear hellstorm" in the United States was confirmed. Fundamentalist Muslims are preparing to acquire, construct, deliver, and detonate radiological dispersion devices, known as dirty bombs, in America's largest cities. Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri had not only approved the mission they had acquired the talents of "Dr. X," a Pakistani nuclear scientist, to fulfill their ambitions - just as was predicted in Tea With Terrorists. And as I predicted nearly five years ago, and God foretold 2,750 years ago, within the next 20 years two or more U.S. cities will be laid to waste and become uninhabitable.
The first entry regarding al-Qaeda can be found on September 3rd, 1967. It details the life of Muhammad bin Laden, Osama's father, and how his company shaped the political fortunes of five American presidents. It also details how al-Qaeda raised money for its terrorist enterprise. Those insights are included below.
- September 3, 1967: Osama bin Laden inherited millions when his Yemenite father, Muhammad bin Laden, the owner of the largest construction firm in Saudi Arabia, died in a Beechcraft private aircraft crash either in Texas or Hamis Musayt, in southwest Saudi Arabia, depending upon which source you believe.
Muhammad bin Laden had married 22 times and had fathered 55 children. Osama bin Laden was the 17th child of this religious womanizer. He was the son of Muhammad's 10th wife, Alia Ghanem who was a Syrian.
At the time of his father's death, the man who would become the world's most infamous terrorist, Osama bin Laden, was being indoctrinated in fundamental Salafi/Wahhabi Islam in schools and mosques under the control of Saud royal family - schools and mosques built by his father. Make no mistake, the beast who would murder thousands of Americans was manufactured by the religion of Islam in religious and academic facilities supported by the Saud warlords, build by the bin Laden company, and funded by OPEC. The West paid the tab for the feudal factories that made the terrorists that killed them.
Osama's life history will be detailed when he first forms the MAK in Afghanistan during the Great Jihad. You'll find this entry on December 26, 1979.
But while we are on the subject of Muhammad bin Laden and his fortune, let's linger a moment and see how it shapes America's future and the lives of five American presidents (Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush). While the money trail will take us way ahead of our timeline, understanding the connection between crude, Islam, terror, and American politics is worth the detour.
To begin, the bin Laden company grossed $5 billion annually, making it one of the largest Islamic companies in the world. It all began in 1964 when Prince Faisal (Saud bin Abdul Aziz) deposed his half-brother, King Saud, and began rebuilding the fiefdom which had squandered its OPEC fortune in meaningless personal indulgences and excess. But despite their rising oil wealth by way of the OPEC cartel and confiscated petroleum assets, Saudi Arabia was insolvent. So some say that King Faisal accepted the Yemenite Wahhabist Muhammad bin Laden's offer of assistance and support. Others claim that King Abdul Aziz was simply pleased with the construction work Muhammad bin Laden was doing on his royal palace. But whatever the reason, as a reward, King Faisal issued a royal decree awarding all future construction projects to bin Laden's construction company. The OPEC monopoly created a construction monopoly, all working in harmony with a destruction monopoly known as Islamic terrorism.
Muhammad bin Laden would make his initial fortune from having the exclusive rights to all mosques, religious buildings, and Islamic schools in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East - including the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem where his firm continues to destroy the Temple Mount. And in that religious imposition and oppression isn't possible without a show of arms, several of bin Laden's initial construction projects were: $1.3 billion for the construction of Security Force housing units in Jeddah, $1.3 billion for the National Guard projects at Mecca, and another $1.1 billion for construction of the Kharaj Military City near Riyadh. He was also awarded $1.1 billion to build a new Royal Palace for King Faisal in Mecca and another $4.0 billion to refurbish the area surrounding Allah's Ka'aba - the center of Islamic power and oppression and the wellspring of Islamic terror.
And this means that Muhammad bin Laden built the facilities that corrupted his son Osama into becoming the world's best-known Islamic terrorist. It also means that the West paid the bill by way of OPEC.
During his life, Muhammad bin Laden became a Shiekh and one of King Abdul Aziz's closest associates. All the while, Muhammad bin Laden was a devout fundamentalist Muslim and he demanded that his children observe his strict Wahhabist religious code. So in death, he left an enduring, yet foreboding legacy.
Salem bin Laden, one of Muhammad bin Laden's oldest sons, took over the family religious enterprise upon the patriarch's demise. He was Saudi King Fahd's closest friend - and thus he too was a fundamentalist Wahhabi Muslim.
And this is where it gets especially interesting. Salem bin Laden's fortune was invested through James Bath, his sole U.S. business representative. In 1977 his most notable investment was in Arbusto Energy (Arbusto is Spanish for "bush"), a firm founded and run by George W. Bush - the president of the United States during the 9/11 bin Laden attack. The commission earned on the investment allowed James Bath, who was a member of the Texas Air National Guard along with George, to write a $50,000 check to his pal, making him a partner too.
The James Bath, bin Laden, George Bush connections include President George H.W. Bush recruiting Bath into the CIA according to Time Magazine. And there was even a commercial air transport connection that evolved through this relationship because Bath purchased the Houston Airport on behalf of Osama bin Laden's brother, Salem, in 1976.
That financial transaction was made possible by Khalid bin Mahfouz, the son of the founder of the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia. Khalid Mahfouz who inherited a fortune from his father, became richer still when Salem bin Laden died in a Texas plane crash in 1988. Among the assets he inherited from Salem bin Laden were the Houston Airport and bin Laden's interest in George W. Bush's Arbusto - the floundering Houston oil firm.
Arbusto Energy merged into Harken Energy, which Khalid Mahfouz remained involved through his BCCI representatives. George Bush, who served as Harken's CEO at the time denies having any recollection of Khalid Mahfouz's investment or involvement in Arbusto or Harken. Yet according to the Modern History Project, Khalid Mahfouz was the largest shareholder of the Harken Energy Company.
What's interesting here is just how impossible it would have been for George W. Bush not to know his partners. In 1982, a year after George H.W. Bush had made the transition from the CIA and UN to Vice President, Arbusto became known as Bush Exploration. Knowing that the company was sinking, the new Vice President leaned on a family friend, Philip Uzielli, and asked him to invest $1 million in his son's and Salem bin Laden's Bush Exploration in exchange for a ten percent stake at a time when the whole company was valued at less than $400,000.
Arbusto/Bush nearly collapsed again in September 1984 when it was forced to merge with Spectrum 7 Energy. With George W. Bush still at the helm as CEO, the combined enterprise reported a net loss of $1.5 million in 1985 and was ultimately sold to Harken Oil and Gas in 1986. In 1987, the Saudi investor Abdullah Taha Bakhsh bought 17% of Harken. Also buying in at this time was Ghaith Pharaon, a lead player in the BCCI, Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal that we will detail in a moment. And that all brings us back to Khalid Mahfouz, BCCI's director, leading shareholder, and George W. Bush's business partner.
Before we follow the Khalid Mahfouz and BCCI trail to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, you should know that George Bush's Arbusto Energy/Bush Exploration/Spectrum 7/Harken Oil and Gas was saved from financial collapse again in January 1990 when the company that couldn't succeed in Texas was mysteriously awarded a contract to drill for crude off the coast of Bahrain. The move shocked industry insiders since Harken had no previous experience outside of the U.S., nor any drilling experience offshore. But George's daddy was a powerful man with OPEC connections and Khalid Mahfouz was a player in the world of Islam. Moreover, it was all a sham. In June 1990, George W. Bush sold most of Harken to a Los Angeles business broker. A week later Harken announced an overall loss of $23.2 million, triggering an investigation by the SEC into the sale.
All the while George Bush's boss, Khalid Mahfouz, was increasing his net worth to $3.2 billion by money laundering, tax evasion, bribery, illegal investments, arms trafficking, the sale of nuclear weapon technologies, drug smuggling, illegal immigration, and through the support of Islamic terrorism according to the BCCI Affair Report to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the United States Senate. BCCI, the Bank of Credit and Commerce international, was founded in Pakistan in 1972. In 1991 BCCI became the world's worst financial scandal in what was called the "twenty billion dollar heist." George W. Bush's financial partner was the director of and the largest shareholder in BCCI at this time, owning a 20% stake. But he wasn't alone; John Kerry's Senate report found that former U.S. Defense Secretary Clark Clifford was heavily involved in BCCI, too.
Forbes Magazine said this of George W. Bush's Arbusto/Harken partner: "In 1999 the Saudi government stepped in, buying a controlling stake from Khalid Mahfouz for more than $1 billion. The money was used in part to wipe some of Khalid Mahfouz's debts from the books. Khalid and his family retained 34% ownership of NCB/BCCI, but he surrendered his management positions.... The extent of Khalid Mahfouz's mismanagement remains shrouded, but the financial conglomerate did acknowledge last year that provisions for bad loans in 1999 alone were nearly a billion dollars.".
The situation was much worse than that. Khalid Mahfouz's BCCI was found to be worthless with more than $13 billion in assets unaccounted for. Investigators in the U.S. and the U.K. revealed that BCCI had been organized to "avoid centralized regulatory review and to commit fraud on a massive scale." These officials said that BCCI had "its own intelligence network, diplomatic corps, and shipping and commodities trading companies." BCCI's auditors, Deloitte & Touche, Price Waterhouse, and Ernst & Young, their biggest investor, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, Bank of America, and the Bank of England were all mired in the unresolved financial house of terrorist trading cards.
But there is more to it than this. Khalid Mahfouz's BCCI was created with capital from Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, an OPEC Emir of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (the nation that transferred most of the funds supporting the 9/11 attack), Bank of America (which owned 25%), and the CIA because the CI A wanted a funding route through Pakistan for the Taliban and al-Qaeda Mujahideen. While the timing might seem a bit premature, according to the National Security Advisor of the Carter administration, they funded the Afghan Mujahideen by way of the CIA long before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan as a way to lure the Soviets in, creating a Russian Vietnam. And as an interesting aside, in 1988 BCCI was implicated in a drug money laundering scheme based in Tampa, Florida, called the C-Chase case. BCCI was called the CIA's money laundering facility, a crime to which BCCI pleaded guilty in 1990. In Khalid Mahfouz, George W. Bush had picked a fine partner.
In March 1991, the Bank of England asked Price Waterhouse to carry out an inquiry on where BCCI's money had gone. Using the codename Sandstorm for BCCI, they submitted a report that said that under their audit watch there had been "widespread fraud and manipulation." They detailed how the Abu Nidal terrorist group had held accounts at BCCI's Sloane Street branch near Harrods in London. Britain's internal security service, MI5, monitored Abu Nidal's funds transfers and found that the connection between Mahfouz's BCCI and Abu Nidal was an Iraqi named Samir Najmeddin. He had been given millions in BCCI financing to fund arms deals with Iraq, always in connection with an American financier named Marc Rich - the financier and campaign contributor convicted of racketeering who was pardoned by Bill Clinton on his way out of office on January 20, 2001. Bill didn't want Marc spilling the beans.
In Craig Unger's House of Bush, House of Saud, we find that Mahfouz donated over $270,000 directly to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda at the request of Osama's brother Salem bin Laden - George Bush's original Arbusto Energy partner. Mahfouz's lawyer acknowledged that the donation was made but quibbled over the reasons for it.
In U.S. Senate testimony in 1998, CIA Director James Woolsey stated that Khalid bin Mahfouz's sister was one of Osama bin Laden's wives, making the two Muslims brothers-in-law - something confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Fortune Magazine, and the Washington Post. Under an onslaught of costly litigation, some of these claims were later retracted.
The CIA continues to assert that Saudi businessmen have transferred millions of dollars through NCB/BCCI to charities operating as fronts of al-Qaeda. For example, Khalid bin Mahfouz set up an Islamic charity called the Muwaffaq Foundation, meaning "Blessed Relief." He personally funded this tax-exempt Islamic endowment with $30 million and put his eldest son, Abdul Rahman bin Mahfouz, on the Board. But in October 2001, the U.S. Treasury Department named Mahfouz's Muwaffaq Foundation "an al-Qaeda front organization." The director's assets were subsequently frozen by the U.S. Treasury Department.
The United Nations has postured numerous allegations that Khalid bin Mahfouz, George Bush's financial partner, was engaged in funding terrorism. These charges came as a result of a report prepared by JCB Consulting Group for the President of the Security Council of the United Nations in December of 2002. In this document, Khalid Mahfouz was listed as "one of the seven main individual Saudi sponsors of al-Qaeda." So one of the largest investors in Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda was also one of the largest investors in George W. Bush's Arbusto Energy. That's not good.
Like his father, Muhammad, Salem bin Laden died in a plane crash. His personal ultra-light flew into power lines in San Antonio, Texas in 1988. But before his death, Salem bin Laden did business with the Regan Administration, providing a vehicle for channeling $34 million in American funds through Saudi Arabia to the Contras in Nicaragua according to French intelligence. But the story of the bin Ladens doesn't end there.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, George W. Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, was meeting with Osama bin Laden's brother and the principle manager of the family fortune, Shafig bin Laden in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. They were discussing Carlyle Group investments because the Carlyle Group, which specialized in defense related companies, had earned the right to invest bin Laden assets by appointing their friend, George H.W. Bush, as a paid advisor to their Board of Directors. That is how G.H.W. Bush and the Carlisle Group (managing $44 billion in equity assets) had come to represent the bin Laden family and the Sauds (collectively investing $1.4 billion) in the United States. And it is why they were having breakfast on the morning of 9/11/2001.
But this story gets worse. George H.W. Bush, the Carlisle Group, and the bin Laden family made a fortune in the aftermath of 9/11 because $550 billion was allocated up and above the U.S. Department of Defense budget to fight the "War on Terrorism" bin Laden's attack had begun. It was in those defense related companies that the bin Laden fortune, by way of the Carlisle Group, was invested.
George H.W. Bush would continue to leverage his relationships with the Sauds, OPEC emirs, and the bin Ladens as a paid Carlisle advisor until 2003, when Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 made the cozy association too uncomfortable.
But there was more than one Bush engaged with the Carlisle Group. In 1990, the investment firm appointed George W. Bush to the Board of Directors, and to the Audit Committee of Texas based Caterair International, an early Carlyle acquisition from Marriott Corporation. The Carlyle Group took a 50% stake in the company for $94 million, renaming the company Caterair. The firm was funded by a massive issuance of junk bonds. Bu in 1994, toward the end of George Walker Bush's term, Caterair defaulted on its debt obligations. George Walker Bush resigned from the Board and Audit Committee to run for Texas governor two months before the firm declared bankruptcy.
David Rubenstein, one of the founders of the Carlisle Group, described the appointment of George Walker Bush to Caterair during a financial conference he was addressing. What follows was reported by the New York Times. David Rubenstein recalled that Republican fundraiser Fred Malek had approached him and said, "There is a guy who would like to be on the Board. He's kind of down on his luck a bit and needs a job like a Board position." Though Rubenstein didn't think George W. Bush, then in his mid-40s, "added much value," he accommodated his friend put George W. Bush on the Caterair board. "He came to all the meetings," Rubenstein said. "He told a lot of jokes. Not that many clean ones, though. And after a while I said to him, after about three years: ‘You know, I'm not sure this is really for you. Maybe you should do something else. Because I don't think you're adding that much value to the Board. You don't know much about the company.'" The future president said: "Well, I think I'm getting out of this business anyway. And I don't really like it that much. So I'm probably going to resign from the Board." I said "thanks," not thinking I'd ever see him again.
Is it any wonder that during George W. Bush's tenure as president of the United States that the America's balance of trade, the true measure of the health of American industry, has risen from an annual negative of $69 billion to a $702 billion? It is a surprise that the annual national debt has gone from a surplus when he took office to over $400 billion in deficit spending under his management?
Returning for a moment to George H.W. Bush's meeting in Washington on the morning of 9/11/2001 with Shafig bin Laden, the New York Times reported that bin Laden and Bush were called by the Saudi Arabian Embassy. They were told that they needed to separate and leave before they became the targets of American reprisals. With the approval of the F.B.I, according to the Saudi Arabian Embassy, the bin Laden family was collected and flew on a private jet from Los Angeles to Orlando and on to Washington during a time when all air traffic, commercial and private, had been grounded. From Washington, the bin Laden family picked up passengers in Boston, the city where the 9/11 attack had commenced, and then getting FAA approval by way of President Bush, they few on to Europe.
On November 3rd, 2001, Osama bin Laden released his most important videotape. It explains 9/11 from his perspective and defines the purpose and nature of Islamic terrorism. A transcription of the entire message is provided below along with my commentary.
- November 3, 2001: Muslim youth, dressed in black robes and wearing black ski masks wrapped in green and white Qur'an slogans, marched in East Timor with their hands upraised holing Qur'an and portraits of Osama bin Laden.
The fact that Muslims had murdered 250,000 Timorese Christians, killing one out of every three people in the country over the past 23 years, was not lost on the crowd. Nor was the fact that the al-Qaeda co-founder had just released a tape which began: "We praise Allah, seek His help, and ask for His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evils of our souls and our bad deeds. A person who is guided by Allah will never be misguided by anyone and a person who is misguided by Allah can never be guided by anyone. I bear witness that there is no God but Allah alone, Who has no partner.".
Alright then, we know that OBL is a Muslim. And while Allah is Satan, and not Yahweh, and thus not God, Allah has many partners in crime. The misguided souls who submit to him are terrorists - the very people who had committed a horrible genocide in this place.
Bin Laden's latest challenge to the West and rallying cry to the Muslim world was broadcast on the Al-Jazeera satellite television channel on this day, Saturday, November 3rd, 2001. The Islamic terrorist who had just aided in abetted the murder of thousands of Americans went on to say: "Amid the huge developments and in the wake of the great strikes that hit the United States in its most important locations in New York and Washington, a huge media clamor has been raised. This clamor is unprecedented. It conveyed the opinions of people on these events. People were divided into two parts. The first part supported these strikes against U.S. tyranny, while the second denounced them.".
That much was true. Muslims almost universally celebrated the death and destruction of 9/11 while non-Muslims almost universally mourned the loss of life.
"Afterward, when the United States launched the unjust campaign against the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan, people also split into two parties. The first supported these campaigns, while the second denounced and rejected them. These tremendous incidents, which have split people into two parties, are of great interest to the Muslims, since many of the rulings pertain to them." That was also true. Muslims reacted in unison, deploring the invasion of Afghanistan. They saw the Taliban as good, not bad.
"These decisions are closely related to Islam and the acts that corrupt a person's Islam/Submission. Therefore, the Muslims must understand the nature and truth of this conflict so that it will be easy for them to determine where they stand." This position is consistent with the Qur'an. According to Allah, good Muslims embrace jihad against infidels and bad Muslims are peace loving.
"While talking about the truth of the conflict, opinion polls in the world have shown that a little more than 80 percent of Westerners, of Christians in the United States and elsewhere, have been saddened by the strikes that hit the United States. The polls showed that the vast majority of the sons of the Islamic world were happy about these strikes because they believe that the strikes were in reaction to the huge criminality practiced by Israel and the United States in Palestine and other Muslim countries." All of this was true as well - even the last part. While Israel and the United States hadn't practiced criminality toward Muslims in Palestine, Muslims have been conditioned to believe they had. And support for 9/11 was ubiquitous in the Islamic world.
"After the strikes on Afghanistan began, these groups changed positions. Those who were happy about striking the United States felt sad when Afghanistan was hit, and those who felt sad when the United States was hit were happy when Afghanistan was hit. These groups include millions of people. The entire West, with the exception of a few countries, supports this unfair, barbaric campaign, although there is no evidence of the involvement of the people of Afghanistan in what happened in America. The people of Afghanistan had nothing to do with this matter. The campaign, however, continues to unjustly annihilate the villagers and civilians, children, women, and innocent people.".
Osama bin Laden's opening salvo was accurate. Afghanis had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11 or with America's invasion. George Bush went into Afghanistan because he wanted to facilitate the construction of an oil and gas pipeline that could not be built with the Taliban government. America had not, however, annihilated the villagers. Muslims were much better at that.
"The positions of the two sides are very clear. Mass demonstrations have spread from the farthest point in the eastern part of the Islamic world to the farthest point in the western part of the Islamic world, and from Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan to the Arab world and Nigeria and Mauritania. This clearly indicates the nature of this war. This war is fundamentally religious. The people of the East are Muslims. They sympathized with Muslims against the people of the West, who are the crusaders. Those who try to cover this crystal clear fact, which the entire world has admitted, are deceiving the Islamic nation.".
It is fascinating that George Bush has gone on to justify his war in Iraq by quoting Osama bin Laden - but never this quote. Osama bin Laden told the truth when he said that the 9/11 attacks were "fundamentally a religious war." And he ought to know.
"They are trying to deflect the attention of the Islamic nation from the truth of this conflict. This fact is proven in the book of Allah Almighty and in the teachings of our messenger, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him. Under no circumstances should we forget this enmity between us and the infidels. For, the hatred is based on religion.".
Once again, this is accurate. George Bush has tried to deflect attention away from the truth by saying that the nation's war is against terrorism rather than against Islam. Further, "hatred is based on religion." It always has been.
"We must be loyal to the believers and those who believe that there is no God but Allah. We should also renounce the atheists and infidels. It suffices me to seek Allah's help against them. Allah says: ‘Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with you unless you follow their form of religion.' It is a question of religion, not a war against terrorism, as Bush and Blair try to depict it." While there is no God but Yahweh and Allah was modeled after Satan, the Qur'an does demean the Christian and Jewish religions. Further, one of the most important things you can gain by visiting the Prophet of Doom site is encapsulated in Osama bin Laden's "It is a question of religion, not a war against terrorism, as Bush and Blair try to depict it.".
"The masses which moved in the East and West have not done so for the sake of Osama. Rather, they moved for the sake of their religion. This is because they know that they are right and that they resist the most ferocious, serious, and violent Crusade campaign against Islam ever since the message was revealed to Muhammad, may Allah's peace and blessings be upon. After this has become clear, the Muslim must know and learn where he is standing vis-a-vis this war.".
Not one of the 9/11 suicide bombers killed for Osama bin Laden. None of them were trained or corrupted by him. They did not yell "Osama Akbar" as they committed their heinous acts. All 19 Islamic murderers were good Muslims following Allah's orders and Muhammad's example.
"After the U.S. politicians spoke and after the U.S. newspapers and television channels became full of clear crusading hatred in this campaign that aims at mobilizing the West against Islam and Muslims, Bush left no room for doubts or the opinions of journalists, but he openly and clearly said that this war is a crusader war. He said this before the whole world to emphasize this fact." Bush did use the "crusade" slogan which was stupid, but the American media never expressed hatred towards Islam - which remains a great moral stain on the nation.
"What can those who allege that this is a war against terrorism say? What terrorism are they speaking about at a time when the Islamic nation has been slaughtered for tens of years without hearing their voices and without seeing any action by them? But when the victim starts to take revenge for those innocent children in Palestine, Iraq, southern Sudan, Somalia, Kashmir, and the Philippines, the rulers' ulema (Islamic leaders) and the hypocrites come to defend the clear blasphemy. It suffices me to seek Allah's help against them.".
Muslims are delusional; it is a religious requirement. They routinely blame others for their own atrocities. Palestinian Muslims, Iraqi Muslims, Sudanese Muslims, Somali Muslims, Kashmiri Muslims, and Filipino Muslims have collectively murdered well over three million non-Muslims.
"The common people have understood the issue, but there are those who continue to flatter those who colluded with the unbelievers to anesthetized the Islamic nation to prevent it from carrying out the duty of jihad so that the word of Allah will be above all words." Jihad is an obligatory duty on all Muslims. It is the only path to Allah's carnal paradise.
"The unequivocal truth is that Bush has carried the cross and raised its banner high and stood at the front of the queue. Anyone who lines up behind Bush in this campaign has committed one of the 10 actions that sully one's Islam. Muslim scholars are unanimous that allegiance to the infidels and support for them against the believers is one of the major acts that dishonor and denigrate Islam." While George Bush only pretends to be a Christian to win votes, it is true that all Islamic scholars recognize that allegiance to non-Muslims denigrates Islam. It is the irrefutable message of the Qur'an.
"There is no power but in Allah. Let us investigate whether this war against Afghanistan that broke out a few days ago is a single and unique one or if it is a link to a long series of crusader wars against the Islamic world." As we know now, it was the first of two disastrous American blunders.
"Following World War I, which ended more than 83 years ago, the whole Islamic world fell under the crusader banner - under the British, French, and Italian governments. They divided the whole world, and Palestine was occupied by the British. Since then, and for more than 83 years, our brothers, sons, and sisters in Palestine have been badly tortured. Hundreds of thousands of them have been killed, and hundreds of thousands of them have been imprisoned or maimed.".
Yes, the Islamic Ottoman Empire was destroyed in WWI because they allied themselves with Germany, causing the Brits to bribe Saud Wahhabists to fight their Islamic brothers. And the culmination of that war caused many new nations to emerge - including the fiefdoms that unified under the OPEC banner and funded the rise of Islamic terrorism. Osama bin Laden was a direct beneficiary of British foolishness. The creation of Israel, however, was a result of the Holocaust in WWII, not the First World War. And as for the torture in "Palestine," there was plenty of that. The Islamic Terrorism Timeline is one thousand pages long for a reason.
From this point on, every claim bin Laden makes is not only untrue, the truth is the antithesis of his stated position. I have left it here for your review but feel free to skip over all of it. And in that this rubbish is sent in a sea of evidence to the contrary, I won't bother to correct the record.
"Let us examine the recent developments. Take for example the Chechens. They are a Muslim people who have been attacked by the Russian bear which embraces the Christian Orthodox faith. Russians have annihilated the Chechen people in their entirety and forced them to flee to the mountains where they were assaulted by snow and poverty and diseases. Nonetheless, nobody moved to support them. There is no strength but in God. This was followed by a war of genocide in Bosnia in sight and hearing of the entire world in the heart of Europe. For several years our brothers have been killed, our women have been raped, and our children have been massacred in the safe havens of the United Nations and with its knowledge and cooperation.
"Those who refer our tragedies today to the United Nations so that they can be resolved are hypocrites who deceive Allah, His Prophet and the believers. Are not our tragedies but caused by the United Nations? Who issued the Partition Resolution on Palestine in 1947 and surrendered the land of Muslims to the Jews? It was the United Nations in its resolution in 1947. Those who claim that they are the leaders of the Arabs and continue to appeal to the United Nations have disavowed what was revealed to Prophet Muhammad, Allah's peace and blessings be upon him. Those who refer things to the international legitimacy have disavowed the legitimacy of the Holy Book and the tradition of Prophet Muhammad, Allah's peace and blessings be upon him. This is the United Nations from which we have suffered greatly. Under no circumstances should any Muslim or sane person resort to the United Nations. The United Nations is nothing but a tool of crime. We are being massacred everyday, while the United Nations continues to sit idly by.
"Our brothers in Kashmir have been subjected to the worst forms of torture for over 50 years. They have been massacred, killed, and raped. Their blood has been shed and their houses have been trespassed upon. Still, the United Nations continues to sit idly by. Today, and without any evidence, the United Nations passes resolutions supporting unjust and tyrannical America, which oppresses these helpless people who have emerged from a merciless war at the hands of the Soviet Union. Let us look at the second war in Chechnya, which is still underway. The entire Chechen people are being embattled once again by this Russian bear. The humanitarian agencies, even the US ones, demanded that President Clinton should stop supporting Russia. However, Clinton said that stopping support for Russia did not serve U.S. interests.
"A year ago, Putin demanded that the cross and the Jews should stand by him. He told them: You must support us and thank us because we are waging a war against Muslim fundamentalism. The enemies are speaking very clearly. While this is taking place, the leaders of the region hide and are ashamed to support their brothers.
"Let us examine the stand of the West and the United Nations in the developments in Indonesia when they moved to divide the largest country in the Islamic world in terms of population. Otherwise, we will be forced to send in military forces to separate it by force. The crusader Australian forces were on Indonesian shores, and in fact they landed to separate East Timor, which is part of the Islamic world. Therefore, we should view events not as separate links, but as links in a long series of conspiracies, a war of annihilation in the true sense of the word.
"In Somalia, on the excuse of restoring hope, 13,000 of our brothers were killed. In southern Sudan, hundreds of thousands were killed. But when we move to Palestine and Iraq, there can be no bounds to what can be said. Over one million children were killed in Iraq. The killing is continuing. As for what is taking place in Palestine these days, I can only say we have no one but Allah to complain to. What is taking place cannot be tolerated by any nation. I do not say from the nations of the human race, but from other creatures, from the animals. They would not tolerate what is taking place.
"A confidant of mine told me that he saw a butcher slaughtering a camel in front of another camel. The other camel got agitated while seeing the blood coming out of the other camel. Thus, it burst out with rage and bit the hand of the man and broke it. How can the weak mothers in Palestine endure the killing of their children in front of their eyes by the unjust Jewish executioners with U.S. support and with U.S. aircraft and tanks?
"Those who distinguish between America and Israel are the real enemies of the nation. They are traitors who betrayed God and His prophet, and who betrayed their nation and the trust placed in them. They anesthetize the nation. These battles cannot be viewed in any case whatsoever as isolated battles, but rather, as part of a chain of the long, fierce, and ugly crusader war. Every Muslim must stand under the banner of There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is Allah's Prophet. I remind you of what our Prophet, may Allah's peace and blessings upon him, told Ibn Abbas, may God be pleased with him. He told him: Boy, I am going to teach you a few words. Obey Allah, He will protect you. Obey Him, you will find Him on your side. If you ask for something, ask Allah. If you seek help, seek the help of Allah. You should know that if all people come together to help you, they will only help you with something that Allah has already preordained for you. And if they assemble to harm you, they will only harm you with something that Allah has already preordained for you. Allah wrote man's fate and it will never change.
"I tell the Muslims who did their utmost during these weeks: You must continue along the same march. Your support for us will make us stronger and will further support your brothers in Afghanistan. Exert more efforts in combating this unprecedented war crime. Fear Allah, O Muslims and rise to support your religion. Islam is calling on you: O Muslims, O Muslims, O Muslims. Allah bear witness that I have conveyed the message. Allah bear witness that I have conveyed the message. Allah bear witness that I have conveyed the message. Allah's peace and blessings be upon you." Well at least Osama bin Laden got one thing right - we should all fear Allah because he is the Devil.
Al-Qaeda operates in 65 countries including: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia, Egypt, Kosovo, France, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Somalia, Sudan, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
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The Base, The Firm Base
Osama Bin Laden, Dr. Muhammad Abdullah Azzam, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri
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