IRONICAL as it may sound, Osama bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world and the perceived symbol of evil, received his first lessons in the art of clandestine operations and subterfuge from the CIA.
In the late '70's. It was at Jawora base near Host, Afganistan, that US intelligence set up a training ground to equip young men to fight a guerrilla battle against the erstwhile USSR.
Belonging to the royal Saudi family, bin Laden was a VIP student of the CIA. Fired by a strong anti-Left stand, bin Laden lanuched his operations against the Soviet troops in Afganistan with religious fervour.
The once-favoured pupil of the CIA is the one man the agency now badly wants. The motivation against the US is its alliance with Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War and its anti-palestine position; Israel is on his hit-list for Zionism and India, for Kashmir.
**No one terrorist is known to have such a wide-ranging agenda.**
OUTLOOK September 24, 2001