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200km (745 miles) on the old road. Chadored children danced in front of him. Bearded. sitting silently on a chair at the back of a makeshift tent..they watched unsmiling as the Sudanese Osama Bin Laden villagers of Almatig lined up to thank the Saudi businessman who is about to complete the highway linking their homes to Khartoum for the first time in history.fringed robe.' Outside Sudan. 'I am a construction engineer and an agriculturalist. he tries to minimise his role.with four wives . brushing his teeth in the Arab fashion with a stick of miswak wood. The Egyptian press claims he brought hundreds of former Arab fighters back to Sudan from Afghanistan. But talk he eventually did about a war which he helped to win for the Afghan mujahedin: 'What I lived in two years there. guarded by the loyal Arab mujahedin who fought alongside him in Afghanistan.and the indirect result of his training and assistance . Tunisia and Egypt..point in the recent history of militant fundamentalism. however. Into a country that is despised by Saudi Arabia for its support of Saddam Hussein in the Gulf war almost as much as it is condemned by the United States. Maintaining a home in Khartoum and only a small apartment in his home city of Jeddah.independent. Mr Bin Laden was sending Arab fighters . News > World Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace: The Saudi businessman who recruited mujahedin now uses them for large-scale building projects in Sudan. today. taciturn Suggested Topics figures .unarmed. trained them Sudan and then dispatched them to destroy the Soviet Middle East army . 'When the invasion of Afghanistan started. now shortened to 800km by the new Bin Laden route that will turn the coastal run from the capital into a mere day's journey.may turn out to be a turning..' he said. Mr Bin Laden's own contribution to the mujahedin . 'The rubbish of the media and the embassies. while the Western embassy circuit in Khartoum has suggested that some of the 'Afghans' whom this Saudi entrepreneur flew to Sudan are now busy training for further jihad wars in Algeria. Many of them died and I am still alive. preachers acknowledged his wisdom.I arrived within days. With his high cheekbones. I fought there. I was enraged and went there at once .' he said. http://www. Mr Bin Laden is well aware of this. His interview with the Independent was the first he has ever given to a Western journalist.' a sheikh said. but my fellow Muslims did much more than I. When the history of the Afghan resistance movement is Robert Fisk met him in Almatig ROBERT FISK MONDAY 06 DECEMBER 1993 Shares: 3K PRINT A AA OSAMA Bin Laden sat in his gold.' And 'this job' is certainly an ambitious one: a brand-new highway stretching all the way from Khartoum to Port Sudan. a distance of 1. narrow eyes and long brown robe.and then Osama Bin Laden came along.' he calls it. He is a shy man. 'We waited until we had given up on everybody . but never more than a few yards from the man who recruited them. Mr Bin Laden is not regarded with quite such high esteem.but wary of the press. before the end of 1979.. he is married . 'We have been waiting for this road through all the revolutions in Sudan. 'Yes. I could not have lived in a hundred years elsewhere.' Within months.Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace: The Sau. even if. I couldn't possibly do this job. Mr Bin Laden has brought the very construction equipment that he used only five years ago to build the guerrilla trails of Afghanistan. If I had training camps here in Sudan. Mr Bin Laden looks every inch the mountain warrior of mujahedin legend. 2 of 10 11/5/13 3:58 AM . and he initially refused to talk about Afghanistan.

differences started (between the guerrilla movements) so I returned to road construction in Taif and Abha. Turks and Tunisians . Algerians. 'No.independent.' Thus did Mr Bin Laden reflect upon jihad while his former fellow combatants looked on.' he said.' His Bin Laden company .' he said. to fight the Russians and end up road-building in Sudan? 'They like this work and so do I.Mr Bin Laden blasted massive tunnels into the Zazi mountains of Bakhtiar province for guerrilla hospitals and arms dumps.into Afghanistan. http://www. I helped some of my comrades to come here to Sudan after the war. A small number of mujahedin have gone to fight in Bosnia-Herzegovina but the Croats won't allow the mujahedin in through Croatia as the Pakistanis did with Afghanistan. prosecutors claim (04 October 2013) Edward Snowden explains himself (Financial Times) Leeds students pressure venue to drop ‘Freshers Violation’ club night (15 October 2013) Prepare for WWIII and test-drive this off-roading Soviet tank (Roadtrippers) The help desk: 'My boyfriend isn't 3 of 10 11/5/13 3:58 AM . When my mujahedin were victorious and the Russians were driven out. I asked? But a man in a green suit calling himself Mohamed Moussa ..and who were forgotten when that war was over? 'Personally neither I nor my brothers saw evidence of American help.' I told him that Bosnian Muslim fighters in the Bosnian town of Travnik had mentioned his name to me. we believe that when we die. Kuwaitis. I asked. The Russians fled. This experience has been written about in our earliest books. Yes. 'But the situation there does not provide the same opportunities as Afghanistan.he claimed to be Nigerian although he was a Sudanese security officer . 'not hundreds but thousands. But they are here now with He supported them with weapons and his own construction equipment. 'You have asked more than enough questions. Along with his Iraqi engineer.. At which Mr Bin Laden went off to inspect his new road. Mohamed Saad who is now building the Port Sudan road . Before a battle.' How many? Osama Bin Laden shakes his head. profits are clearly not Mr Bin Laden's top priority. we go to heaven. We beat the Soviet Union. building this road to Port Sudan. I saw a 120mm mortar shell land in front of me. I brought back the equipment I had used to build tunnels and roads for the mujahedin in Afghanistan. Lebanese. (Photograph omitted) You may also like these From around the web More from The Independent The drone revolution is just beginning Missing bricklayer was tortured and (Covestor) killed by police.. 'I feel the same about Bosnia. I was never afraid of death. 'Once I was only 30 metres from the Russians and they were trying to capture me.not to be confused with the larger construction business run by his cousins . 'I don't want to they are working right here. then cut a mujahedin trail across the country to within 15 miles of Kabul. it helps the Muslims and improves their lives. tranquillity. I was under bombardment but I was so peaceful in my heart that I fell asleep.Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace: The Sau.' he said. This is a great plan which we are achieving for the people here.tapped me on the arm. but it did not blow up. How did he feel about paid in Sudanese currency which is then used to purchase sesame and other products for export. As Muslims.' But what of the Arab mujahedin whom he took to Afghanistan .members of a guerrilla army who were also encouraged and armed by the United States . Was it not a little bit anti-climactic for them.. God sends us seqina. Four more bombs were dropped from a Russian plane on our headquarters but they did not explode.

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