By Rodney P. Carlisle
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Indd 39 9/13/10 11:17 AM 40 AfghAnistAn WAr President george h. w. Bush meets with King fahd at the Royal Pavilion in saudi arabia in november 1991 to discuss the probable campaign to remove iraqi forces from Kuwait. (George Bush Presidential Library and Museum) The Arab volunteers who gathered in Pakistan were sent over to fight in different mujahideen bands. Most of them were not very effective because they tended to be untrained. Often mujahideen commanders would leave the Arab fighters behind after a hit-and-run raid.
Rabbani took over the afghan government in 1992. National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (NIFA)—Mahaz-e-Melli. this party favored the restoration of the former king zahir shah. nifa recruited members from among the wealthy landholding families. its primary power base came from seven specific tribes of Pashtun people. four smaller political parties worked out of iran. they received far less aid than the Pakistan-based parties and operated mostly in the hazara region of afghanistan where the population follows the shia branch of islam, as do the iranians.
Bin Laden’s followers set up a small base over the border in Afghanistan. The Arab expression meaning “the base” is al-Qaeda. It also means “base” in the sense of an underpinning or foundation or framework. During this period in the mid-1980s, the name became attached to bin Laden’s operation. The base near Jali, a small town in the northeast of Afghanistan, saw little action against the Soviets. The base was at first just a sort of camp in the mountains. Later, bin Laden used his construction background to build cave networks to serve as ammunition depots, barracks, and even a hospital in the mountains of Tora Bora.
Afghanistan War (America at War) by Rodney P. Carlisle