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This mind-boggling profile on Osama bin Laden came out 20 years ago in a U.K. newspaper

This article from Dec. 6, 1993, by Robert Fisk of The Independent, titled, “Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace,” is stunning to consider 20 years later.

This article from Dec. 6, 1993, by Robert Fisk of The Independent, titled, “Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace,” is stunning to consider 20 years later.

Osama bin Laden, fresh off the U.S.-backed mujahideen’s victory over Russia in 1989, flew his men, materials and money down to Sudan, ostensibly to start public works projects. When asked if they were militant training camps, the “Saudi entrepreneur” and future leader of al Qaeda told Fisk: “I am a construction engineer and an agriculturalist. If I had training camps here in Sudan, I couldn’t possibly do this job.”

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The piece is fascinating because it is a positive profile of a man who would become a global terrorist mastermind.

Some key lines:

“OSAMA Bin Laden sat in his gold- fringed robe, guarded by the loyal Arab mujahedin …”

“With his high cheekbones, narrow eyes and long brown robe, Mr Bin Laden looks every inch the mountain warrior of mujahedin legend.”

“He is a shy man. …  married – with four wives – but wary of the press.”

“Was it not a little bit anti-climactic for them, I asked, to fight the Russians and end up road-building in Sudan?”

Bin Laden’s work in Sudan purportedly involved overseeing a 500-mile highway from Khartoum to Port Sudan. Fisk reported that “Bin Laden has brought the very construction equipment that he used only five years ago to build the guerrilla trails of Afghanistan.”

This article originally appeared in Business Insider

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  1. Skip Moreland

    December 18, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Ah yes, the days when we supported Bin laden with funds and weapons. When he was our ‘ally’. On his way to becoming a world stage player.

  2. jasmin

    April 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    The more we say they take us like we crazy we don’t know wat were talking about but only the ones sleeping will be the first to go and the wakers will have time to think so let them be we in the end of times but they still don’t believe and I know this cause I do my homework and research and its scary and creepy whose behind all this madness

  3. Karina Cruz

    November 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    What? Is that long ass sentence suppose to be coherent?

  4. John Deere Service Manuals

    June 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Wow! what an idea ! What a concept ! Lovely . Incredible.

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