C.I.A. Confidential

Osama bin Laden: The Balkan Connection

The U.S. and British embassies were shut down in Sarajevo on October 17 after receiving threats from Bosnian Muslims and their foreign co-religionists resident in Bosnia who profess outrage at the bombing of Afghanistan. "This step has been taken due to a credible security threat to the official U.S. presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina" a U.S. official told the Associated Press. American and British citizens working in Bosnia were also warned to take extra precautions. Bosnia is turning from a multicultural, multiethnic protectorate of the New World Order into an Islamic threat to Western interests.

By now, we have all heard that Osama bin Laden's rise to near-mythical status in the Muslim world was initially facilitated by the support he and other fundamentalist Muslims received from the United States following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979. But according to former CIA director Robert Gates, the U.S. intelligence services began to arm the mujahideen even before the Soviet intervention.

This has been confirmed by President Carter's national security advisor at the time, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who told the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur in January 1998 that Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul on July 3, 1979: "That very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to...

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