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From his 1993 affiliation with the killing of US service personnel in Somalia to the subsequent destruction of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001 the organization that he founded in 1988 has formed the nucleus of a world wide ring of terrorists bent on the forced realization of their minority views. 52 During his time at the University, 46 Fuller and Lesser, op. cit. fn. 41, 2. 47 Asfour, G. (1998), “Osama bin Laden: Financier of ‘Desert’ Islam,” New Perspectives Quarterly 15/4 (Summer), 39–40.

11 The first shipments consisted of “several thousand” World War II era Lee Enfield rifles which were already in common use by Afghan tribes. These would be followed by weapons made in Warsaw Pact countries, such as AK-47s, in order to provide “plausible deniability” to the US; Bearden, M. (2001), “Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires,” Foreign Affairs 80/6 (November/December). 12 Ronald Reagan, quoted in Krauthammer, C. (1986), “The Reagan Doctrine,” The New Republic, February 17. J. (1999), “The Stinger Missile and US Intervention in Afghanistan,” Political Science Quarterly 114/2, 227.

Com/terrorists/binladen. 50 Ibid. htm for an overview of the Muslim Brotherhood. 52 Bellamy, op. cit. fn. 49. 28 America’s War on Terror, Second Edition bin Laden used his free time to further his education with travel. 53 Bin Laden was one of the Arab Islamic warriors who traveled to Afghanistan, bent on defending their fellow Muslim brothers from the perils of the Soviet occupation. Bin Laden’s immense personal wealth and his ties to the Middle Eastern social elite placed upon him a unique role.

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