Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden,… - Chapters 8-9 Summary & Analysis

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Milton Bearden becomes CA station chief in Islamabad in July 1986. Casey wants him to wage the war against the Soviets. The CIA sponsored rebels are now facing constant helicopter attacks from the Soviets. Stingers are introduced in an attack on helicopters at the Jalalabad airport. There is fear of retaliation from the Soviets. The CIA does not favor the use of Stingers because they can be used by terrorists against passenger airplanes.

The CIA still funds and supplies Abdul Haq and Massoud. The Americans have to travel around the area carrying large sums of money and there is always the fear of robbery and murder. There are also thousands of Arab volunteers. Bin Laden has moved to Peshawar at this time in 1986. There are also many charities that are active in the city. One Muslim Brotherhood volunteer is Aymen al-Zawahiri, from Egypt.

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