The FSB Trained Top al-Qaeda Terrorists

From the archives of Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita.

Republished in New American 8th August 2005

Containing quotes from a key interview with Alexander Litvinenko.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the reputed Number 2 chief in al-Qaeda and the man second only to Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list, was trained by the Russian FSB (formerly known as the KGB). That’s the story told by ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who fled Russia in 2000. According to Litvinenko, as reported in the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, on July 17, “Ayman al-Zawahiri trained at a Federal Security Service (FSB, former KGB) base in Dagestan in 1998.” “He was then transferred to Afghanistan,” the defector says, “where he became Osama bin Laden’s deputy.”

Mr. Litvinenko’s brief revelation in Rzeczpospolita provides confirmation for suspicions many counterterrorism analysts have held concerning al-Zawahiri, whom federal authorities have called the “mastermind of 9/11.” As reported in The New American in 2001, al-Zawahiri had been very active as the purported top leader of Islamist terrorist operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina during Yugoslavia’s civil war. Throughout that period, he operated from a special headquarters in Sofia, the capital of Communist-run Bulgaria, which had been for decades a primary surrogate for Soviet training and sponsorship of terrorism. It was apparent that the Russians were playing both sides in the conflict, openly supporting the Serbs and covertly helping the Iranian-backed Muslims.

After helping establish Iranian control over the Bosnian military, al-Zawahiri embarked on a mysterious trip that took him first through China, where he conducted financial dealings with one of the Communist government’s banks. Then it was on to Chechnya. Al-Zawahiri then crossed the border from Chechnya to Russian-controlled Dagestan, where he was arrested and “imprisoned” for six months. More likely, his “detention” was a cover for a period of training, planning, and debriefing. Through some supposed miracle of Allah, he escaped and made his way to Afghanistan, where he hooked up with bin Laden.

Is al-Zawahiri an Islamic fundamentalist or a Russian (Soviet) agent? Litvinenko’s disclosures undermine the former and support the latter. After all, why would a devout Muslim do his banking in China, choose Bulgaria for his headquarters, and sojourn in Russia? And why would he be obsessed with jihad against the U.S. when it is Russia that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his co-religionists in Afghanistan and Chechnya, and when it is Russia and China that continue to oppress and persecute millions of Muslims today?

A much more detailed analysis of this information can be seen here:

Exploring Al-Qa’ida’s Russian Connection


  • The New American is a 60 year old publication owned by the John Birch Society and was reliably anti-Russian communism and anti putinazi fascism until the invasion of Georgia in 2008, when everything changed. This was around the time that other far-right sites such as infowars suddenly became putlerite. Owner Alex Jones, who had previously described the tiny poisoner as a ‘demon’ suddenly became his biggest fan.
    The same happened with New American. It’s top contributors these days are notorious putler shill liars Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan. It certainly never would publish an article like the one above these days.

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  • This article is a total fabrication. Read up on Operation Cyclon, which was a CIA operation to train and arm the Mujaheedin from 1979- 1989. Some of this money was given to Pakistan, who in turn funded a certain Hekmatyar, a character very close to Osama Bin Laden, who eventually rounded Al Qaeda.

    OPERATION CYCLONE. look it up !!


    • The fascist rodent’s jackboot lickers are always ready to leap to the defence of their tiny fuhrer. Have you got a pic of him on his little pony that you use as an aid to masturbation?

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      • Why would I need to defend anyone. Putin wasn’t the head or state when this happened. Get your facts right. It’s up to you if you enjoy having your head up own own behind and smelling the sheet. But if you want to enrich your understanding, go and read on the CIA/MI6 initiative to train and arm the mujaheedin. Only someone in severe denial will claim this project never happened.


        • He was head of state during 9/11 and ran the FSB before that. So you write crap again as usual, fool.

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          • Oh. You mean during 9/11 committed by the Saudi’s. Never mind the Bin Laden family who where spirited secretly out of the USA
            During that time. Never mind the fact that the government still blocks important information that would allow US citizens to sue the Saudi government over 9/11.
            Let me guess, Putin Also personally trained the men on how to fly the planes ???

            You are such a joke.


    • onlyfactsplease

      Who cares?

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