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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At what point was the CIA allowed to begin operations in Afghanistan using Zia's intelligence service as an intermediary?
(a) July 1979.
(b) December 1979.
(c) March 1979.
(d) January 1979.

2. The author identified which rebel as the one the Saudis viewed as most important?
(a) Osama bin Laden.
(b) Hamid Karzai.
(c) Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
(d) Abdurrab Rasul Sayyaf.

3. What was the new U.S. plan for covert war in Afghanistan known as?
(a) National Security Decision Directive 007.
(b) National Security Decision Directive U-2.
(c) National Security Decision Directive 166.
(d) National Security Decision Directive Tight Fist.

4. Abdullah Azzam moved to Peshawar from Islamabad in 1984 and founded what to raise money?
(a) Office of Services.
(b) Office of Tour Services.
(c) Agency of Services.
(d) Travel Services Office.

5. When did the Islamic opposition revolt against the established communist Russian government in Herat, Afghanistan?
(a) December 1979.
(b) March 1979.
(c) January 1979.
(d) July 1979.

6. The new National Security Decision Directive in 1985 made it harder to keep CIA involvement secret and there was concern the Soviets would retaliate against what nations?
(a) Pakistan, U.S.
(b) Afghanistan, U.S.
(c) Afghanistan, Pakistan.
(d) Saudi Arabia, U.S.

7. The Taliban leaders met with Saudi intelligence as they had to learn how to form and operate what?
(a) Taliban intelligence unit.
(b) Financial gathering operations.
(c) Rebel commando units.
(d) Islamic government.

8. What city was a haven for noted radical Carlos the Jackal?
(a) Beirut.
(b) Khartoum.
(c) Karachi.
(d) Munich.

9. When was Bin Laden in Saudi Arabia to promote radical Islamic policies that irritated the government that he had to leave?
(a) 1989.
(b) 1992.
(c) 1991.
(d) 1990.

10. After he was attacked by the Soviets at Jaji, bin Laden met Aymen al-Zawahiri, preached global jihad, and initiated what sort of campaign?
(a) Vehicle bombings.
(b) Media.
(c) Commando raids.
(d) Surface-to-air missiles.

11. Schroen said the U.S., which left Afghanistan when the Soviet Union dissolved, would return for what reason?
(a) Political unrest.
(b) Religious conflict.
(c) Civil war.
(d) Terrorism.

12. Yousef received jihad bomb training and participated in the attack where?
(a) World Trade Center, New York.
(b) U.S. embassy, Tehran.
(c) Afghan capitol building, Kabul.
(d) U.S. Marine barracks, Beirut.

13. There were how many direct contacts between a CIA officer and bin Laden in the 1980s?
(a) One in person and one by telephone.
(b) Only one.
(c) One in person and two by telephone.
(d) None.

14. When did the Soviets invade Afghanistan with their goal to kill the Afghan leader, Hafizullah Amin, and install a new communist regime?
(a) December 1979.
(b) March 1979.
(c) July 1979.
(d) January 1979.

15. Bin Laden had already formed the al-Qaeda and moved his family back to Saudi Arabia in what year?
(a) 1988.
(b) 1987.
(c) 1989.
(d) 1990.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hamid Gul was Director-General of the ISI during what period?

2. Who was the Afghan bureau chief for the ISI from 1983-1987?

3. In what year did CIA agent Howard Hart become the station chief in Islamabad?

4. To what did the Saudis view the Soviet invasion as a threat?

5. Prince Turki al-Faisal was chief of Saudi intelligence during what period?

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