The CIA brought the blind cleric accused of masterminding a terror campaign against the U.S. government into the country to rally support for Islamic fundamentalists fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan, New York magazine reports.
The CIA sponsored Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman’s visits to “jihad offices” around the United States starting in 1986, the magazine says in its March 27 issue, without specifying its sources.
The “jihad,” or holy war, offices were American outposts for the CIA-funded Mujahedeen fighting the occupying Soviets. The war ended in 1989.
Speculation about the Egyptian cleric’s relationship with the U.S. government has abounded for years, despite denials by the CIA and other U.S. agencies that they have any connection with him.