Posts Tagged ‘Bin Laden’

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it was Khashoggi himself who had been ‘employed by the Saudi intelligence services to try to persuade bin Laden to make peace with the Saudi royal family.’ Khashoggi was ‘the only non-royal Saudi who had the beef on the royals’ intimate dealing with al Qaida in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks.’
Who really was Jamal Khashoggi?

al-Qaeda militants, many of which also had direct ties to MBS’ father, the incumbent King Salman. These intelligence agencies had concluded that in the 1990s, Salman controlled with an ‘iron fist’ the key financial operations of a range of charities (such as the Saudi High Commission, the Third World Relief Agency and the International Islamic Relief Organisation) which had been found systematically diverting hundreds of millions of dollars to al-Qaida militants. Several 9/11 hijackers had trained in camps funded by this cash.

By some accounts, Prince Turki al-Faisal’s relationship with bin Laden continued up to 9/11. According to the French daily Le Figaro, French intelligence sources claimed that two months before 9/11, bin Laden was flown to the American hospital in Dubai for kidney treatment under Prince Turki’s patronage, where the al-Qaida chief met CIA officials.

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia

 

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And I’m going to keep pasting this link to the NY Times…

Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government

 

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…where in the world is Ayman Zawahiri???

Nafeez Ahmed sets the record straight in a massive article. This is must-read, from 2015:

Official history of raid camouflages US protection of governments behind 9/11

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The plot sickens…

CIA director Leon Panetta asked Boal to alert the agency if he ever traveled to the country. At the time, Boal was working on a movie called Tora Bora, about the CIA’s failure to capture Osama bin Laden in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The title referred to the region in eastern Afghanistan where the US felt it had let bin Laden slip through its fingers during a battle in December 2001.

But less than two weeks after Boal made the call, a team of Navy SEALs raided the al Qaeda leader’s compound in Pakistan and killed him. Boal would not be going to Afghanistan after all.

Executive Producer Leon Panetta hands Boal the Osama bin Laden murder fairy tale, and Tora Bora is never made.

Tora Bora was when they let Al Qaeda escape to Pakistan when the USAF could easily have bombed their caravan and shot down the Pakistani aircraft flying them out. That’s the story the CIA wasn’t so eager to see on big screens.

Tequila, Painted Pearls, and Prada: How the CIA Helped Produce ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

The Scandal:

Zero Dark Thirty Scandal Files

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh gestures during a panel discussion on "The Challenges of Reporting About Iraq" at the Associated Press Managing Editors annual conference in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Deteriorating security in Iraq has made covering the war and reconstruction efforts exceedingly difficult, and this isn't helping efforts to give readers the coverage they need to understand what's really going on, a panel of journalists said Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh gestures during a panel discussion on “The Challenges of Reporting About Iraq” at the Associated Press Managing Editors annual conference in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Deteriorating security in Iraq has made covering the war and reconstruction efforts exceedingly difficult, and this isn’t helping efforts to give readers the coverage they need to understand what’s really going on, a panel of journalists said Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

“Allies” were guarding and funding America’s worst enemy

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AP PROVIDES ACCESS TO THIS PUBLICLY DISTRIBUTED HANDOUT PHOTO PROVIDED BY COLUMBIA PICTURES INDUSTRIES, INC. FOR EDITORIAL PURPOSES ONLY. © 2012 COLUMBIA PICTURES INDUSTRIES, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NO SALES. 6 MONTHS USE FROM JAN. 10, 2013. This undated publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Navy SEALs seen through the greenish glow of night vision goggles, as they prepare to breach a locked door in Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Columbia Pictures’ hyper-realistic new action thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty.” (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley)ictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olle

One of America’s all-time top investigative journalists has been banished to the London Review of Books in order to get his exposés published.
The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Seymour M. Hersh:

A worrying factor at this early point, according to the retired official, was Saudi Arabia, which had been financing bin Laden’s upkeep since his seizure by the Pakistanis. ‘The Saudis didn’t want bin Laden’s presence revealed to us because he was a Saudi, and so they told the Pakistanis to keep him out of the picture. The Saudis feared if we knew we would pressure the Pakistanis to let bin Laden start talking to us about what the Saudis had been doing with al-Qaida. And they were dropping money – lots of it. The Pakistanis, in turn, were concerned that the Saudis might spill the beans about their control of bin Laden. The fear was that if the US found out about bin Laden from Riyadh, all hell would break out. The Americans learning about bin Laden’s imprisonment from a walk-in was not the worst thing.’

Despite their constant public feuding, American and Pakistani military and intelligence services have worked together closely for decades on counterterrorism in South Asia. Both services often find it useful to engage in public feuds ‘to cover their asses’, as the retired official put it, but they continually share intelligence used for drone attacks, and co-operate on covert operations. At the same time, it’s understood in Washington that elements of the ISI believe that maintaining a relationship with the Taliban leadership inside Afghanistan is essential to national security. The ISI’s strategic aim is to balance Indian influence in Kabul; the Taliban is also seen in Pakistan as a source of jihadist shock troops who would back Pakistan against India in a confrontation over Kashmir.