Declassified: The Taliban

Shearer, Kosh, Flynn - (2005)

In 1979, the CIA armed and funded the Mujahedin, leaving a programme worth millions of dollars in the hands of the Pakistani intelligence service (ISI). Among the Mujahedin was a rich Saudi called Osama bin Laden. By 1984, the US was spending $200 million a year on the Afghan/Soviet war. After five years, President Reagan and the CIA decided to triple the budget for weapons to the Mujahedin. The Taliban emerge later in the mid-1990s out of the Pakistani madrassas. During this period, the ISI introduce bin Laden to Taliban leaders