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The Afghanistan File
‘HRH Prince Turki is wise, thoughtful and committed to peace and progress in the Middle East. We are fortunate that he has written this memoir of his remarkable career.’
Sir Malcolm Rifkind – UK Minister of Defence and Foreign Secretary, 1992 – 97
The Afghanistan File, written by the former head of Saudi Arabian
Intelligence, tells the story of his department’s involvement in Afghanistan, from the time of the Soviet invasion in 1979 to the attacks on September 11, 2001. It begins with the backing given by Saudi Arabia to the Mujahideen in their fight against the Soviet occupation, and moves on to the fruitless initiatives to broker peace among the Mujahideen factions after the Soviet withdrawal, the rise to power of the Taliban and the shelter the Taliban gave
to Osama Bin Laden.
Prince Turki explains that the nihilistic, apparently pointless
terrorism that has been seen in the Middle East in the last twenty years had its origins in Afghanistan with Osama Bin Laden’s deluded belief that he had helped defeat the Russians. There is no evidence that he ever fought them at all. Soon after the attacks on 9/11, Saudi Arabia discovered that it had a homegrown terrorist problem involving some of the returnees from Afghanistan. Many of the huge changes that have taken place in the Kingdom since have stemmed from the campaign to tackle this.
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