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According to its own formerly TOP SECRET Central Intelligence Bulletin, dated December 4, 1952, during the waning days of the Harry Truman administration, the Central Intelligence Agency had embarked on a program to foment nationalism among the Uzbek tribes of Afghanistan in order that it might spill across the border into the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, a constituent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
This revelation means that the current attempt by such anti-Russian U.S. official and quasi-official intelligence policy makers, including former Jimmy Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, hedge fund tycoon George Soros, and CIA director John Brennan, to bring about a radical Muslim destabilization of the Russian Federation is nothing new.
Buried in the 1952 report on increased Chinese Communist aid to the Viet Minh, pleadings from Tonkin governor Nguyen Huu Tri for the French not to abandon to the Viet Minh French-held territory in his province, Communist disturbances in Nepal, and a Saudi attempt to bring the Trucial States (now the United Arab Emirates) under its control is a reference to a band of Afghan Uzbeks secretly supported by the CIA. While the first reference to the band is redacted, a second is not.
The Afghan Uzbek group, called the Mogul Band by the CIA, was reported by the CIA to have had “considerable strength in the northern part of the country” and “hoped to ‘reunite’ Afghan Uzbeks with fellow tribesmen across the Soviet frontier.” The CIA also reported that the Afghan Uzbeks “tried to attract support” from mainly Shi’a Hazara tribal leaders in northern Afghanistan.
It is clear that the CIA was involved in antagonizing Afghan Uzbeks against the Soviets in response to what the CIA deemed “Soviet subversion” of Uzbek tribes inside Afghanistan. The reference to the Mogul Band is the earliest example of the CIA using external Muslim forces against the Soviet Union. In the 1970s, the overthrow of the Afghan king and the establishment of a socialist republic in Afghanistan prompted the CIA to organize a jihadist army to fight against the secular Afghan government and its Soviet protectors. The jihadist army that fought the Soviets in Afghanistan was the embryo out of which the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and, ultimately, the Islamic State (or Da’esh) arose.
The CIA screwed up when it first redacted the name of its Afghan Uzbek tribal guerrilla force targeting the USSR, the Mogul Band, and then named it.
The declassified CIA document shows that the roots of the CIA’s jihadist army began long before the intervention in the Soviet-mujaheddin war in Afghanistan but in the early days of the Cold War in what was then the neutral Kingdom of Afghanistan.
Written by Wayne Madsen
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