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Once the lukewarm commitment by the United States and the Soviets dried up after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the different factions within the mujahadeen were left without the leadership necessary for any one of them to control what remained. This, in essence, allowed the Taliban to gain control. On top of this local impetus towards anti-Western sentiment were the introduction of American and Saudi backed Islamic “Crusaders”. The dependence upon these wholly militant Islamists and the subsequent “internationalizing” of their goals can be attributed to the international community’s willingness to support their actions and needs in Afghanistan.
64 The successes that al-Qaeda has achieved are one of purpose. 65 His stated goal is to instigate an uprising of Muslims from around the world: “… If the instigation for jihad against the Jews and the Americans … is considered a crime, then let history be a witness that I am a criminal. ”66 The time period between the fall of the Soviet backed regime and the subsequent fall of the Taliban regime marks the integration point between these “foreign mujahadeen,” as represented by Osama’s al-Qaeda, and the local mujahadeen under the influence of the Taliban.
1993–94), “Carter and the Failure of Foreign Policy Reform,” Political Science Quarterly 108/4 (Winter), 723–4. 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.
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