It’s also possible - I’d say highly likely given the evidence - that elements of what is now the Russian government were in part behind the 9/11 attacks on the US.
The murkiest of these relations, however, has been the connection between al-Qa’ida and Russian intelligence. While the outlines of the story have been known for years, and even admitted by Moscow and the mujahidin, details remain elusive. Moreover, asking important questions about this relationship seems to be an issue few appear interested in probing deeply, even in the United States.
That Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s right-hand man and the leader of the global jihad movement since bin Laden’s death in May 2011, spent almost a half-year in the mid-1990s in the custody of Russian intelligence is admitted by both sides and is a matter of public record.
Just as significant, Zawahiri’s Russian sojourn occurred at a pivotal point in the development of al-Qa’ida; the shift in strategy, resulting in attacks on the “far enemy” (i.e. the United States), the road leading to 9/11, occurred after Zawahiri’s imprisonment by the Russians.
Zawahiri has been tight-lipped about his half-year in Russia; his numerous writings and pronouncements about his life barely mention the tale. “God blinded them to our identities,” he explained. The FSB agrees that they failed to identify the leading holy warrior. “In 1997, Russian special services were not aware of al-Zawahiri,” elaborated an FSB spokesman in 2003: “However, later, using various databases, we managed to identify this former detainee.”
There are many reasons to doubt the official story told by both sides in the affair. In the first place, Zawahiri was one of the world’s most wanted terrorists in 1996, having played a leading role in the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981; the doctor’s role in the subsequent public trial was televised in many countries.
He was hardly a secret mujahid. Furthermore, it is difficult to believe that a security service as proficient and thorough as the FSB did not have its interest piqued by the appearance of three Arab mystery men, bearing multiple identities and cash, in the middle of a warzone.
After al-Qaeda’s chief planner spent a half year with Russian intelligence he then went on to take the terrorist organization to an unseen level of activity across the globe, blowing up US embassies, targeting US warships then the heart of the US economic, political and military leadership with the most successful “terrorist” attack in history. These were all Cold War priority targets of the Russian military and spy services btw.
A former KGB and FSB officer that Putin had murdered also corroborates this version of events.
Appearing alongside high-profile opponents of Mr Putin, Mr Litvinenko continued to make allegations about his former bosses.
Perhaps most notably, he alleged that al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri was trained by the FSB in Dagestan in the years before the 9/11 attacks.
This resulted in exactly the kind of chaos and total distraction the Russian government, intelligence services and military needed to rebuild and then once again challenge the west directly for control of not just Europe but the rest of the planet. Putin is working to regain as much of the territory of the former USSR he can. He’s doing everything he can to break up the E.U. and NATO, and he now has the US Executive Branch totally compromised with what we know already. trump has been under investigation for his activities since before he even assumed office, which has only been compounded by his actions in office. Such as firing the director of the FBI the day before he was to meet with high level Russian officials who he told openly that he had just fired the head of the chief US investigative bureau to take the heat off him in regards to his relationship with the very people he was telling this to. trump obviously places more importance on the interests and desires of the Russian government than he does on the US. Russia has never had such influence on western nations as it does now.
Russia had never stopped being at war with the west… it’s more than time to wake up to the real threat.
Terrorists are attacking western nations in large part due to a conflict that the Russians started then sat back and laughed their asses off about.
Talk from the trump administration about withdrawing from NATO commitments and that Putin and Russia are friends of the US, the E.U. and NATO are the result of his collusion with the Russians, not the facts.