10INTERNATIONAL THE INDEPENDENT The Saudi businessman who recruited mujahedin now uses them for large-scale building projects in Sudan Robert Fisk met him in Almatig Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace MONDAY 6 DECEMBERK 1993 OSAMA Bin Laden sat in his gold- fringed robe guarded by the loyal Arah mujahedin who fought along side him in Alghanistan Bearded the Gulf war almost as much as it is into Alghanistan not hondreds equigmentI had wed to baild tus acinurm figunes sarmed bur aerer more than a few yards from mere day's journey Into a country that is despised by Saudi Arabia for its support of Saddam Hassein in Laden was sending Arab fighters ERyptians Algerians Lebanme Kuwaitis Turks and Tuaisisns the giemlla ovementa o 1 urned ts rad construction in Taif snd Abba 1 brourht back the condemned by she Unitedi Me Bin Laden sels and mads for the majahedin in Afghanistan Yes 1 beped some of my comndes so come here to Sodan afier the war How his bod -1 doa't want to ay Bat they are here sow widh me the mas who recnaited them coastrucrio has bron Sases bar thoosands be said He sup the very ported them with weapons and his construction Along with his Iraqi engineer Mobamed Saad who is now building the Port Sudan road-Mr shake Osams Bie Laden Bin Laden blasted massive tunnels iato the Zaci mountains of Bakhtiar they are working righe here build equipment that he trained them and then dispatched them to destroy the Soviet army- they watched unsmiling as the Su- danese villagers of Almatig lined up to thank the Saudi businesman equipment own ased only five years ago to build the guerrilla trails of Alghanistan He is a shy man Maistaining a home in Khartoum and only a small apartment in his home city of who is about to complete the bigh- Jeddah be is married-with four province for guerrila bospitals and ing this road to Port Sudan I told way linking their homes to Kharwives-but wary of the press His toam for the first time in history With his high chockbones nar- row cyes and long brown robe Mr Bin Laden looks every inch the mountain warrior of mujahedin leg- end Chadored children danced in that Bosnias Muslim fighters in the Bonian tows of Trasik had mmtioned hin name to me1 fo the same about Bosnia be said But the sitnation there docs sot provide the same arms dumps then cut a muiabedin rail across the interview with the Independent was the firnt be has ever piven toa We miler of Kabut try to within 15 ern journalist and he initially re- fused to talk about Afghanistan sit ting silently ob a chair at the back of a makeshift te ion with a quilliry No I was never afraid of death As Muslims we believe that when we die we go to heaven Before a bru A small number of mujahedin have ne to fight in Bosnia-Heregovins but the Croats front of him preachers acknowl teeth in the Arab k ing his battle God sends us agna tran Afghanistan portunities as edged his wisdomWe have bern waiting for this road through all the eventually did about a war which be revolations in Sudan a sheikh said We waited until we had given up on everybody Oiama Bin Laden came along Outside Sadan Mr Bin Laden is not regarded wich quite such high enteem The Egyptian press claims be brought hundreds of former Arab fighters back to Sudan from helped to win for the Afghan muja to capture me I was ander bom- Afghanistan while the Western em- bassy circuit in Khartoum has sug there I could not have lived in a gested that some of the Afghans whom this Saudi entrepreneur flew to Sudan are now busy training for resistance movement is written Mr further jihad wars in Algeria Tuni- dia and Egypt Mr Bin Laden is well aware of this The rubbish of the media and the embassies he calls it I am a construction engineer point in the recent history of mili- Soviet Union The Russians fled and an agriculruralist If 1 hadi training camps bere in Sudan I day he trics to minimise his role couldn't possibly do this job And this jobis certainly an am- stick of minsak wood But talk he Once I was only 30 metres from the Russians and they were rying won't allow the ahedin through Croatia as the Pakistanis did with Afghanistan Thus did Mr Bin Laden reflect upon jahad while his former fellow combatants looked on Was it not as little bit anti-climactic for themI asked to fight the Ruasians and end up road-building in Sudan? They like this work and so do L This is a What I lived in two years in Afghanistan I could not have lived in a hundred years elsewhere' said Osama Bin Laden and then hedin What I lived in two years bardment but I was so peaceful in great plan which we are achieving my heart that I fell asleep This ex perience has been written about in Muslims and improves their lives our earliest books I saw a 120mm mortar shell land in front of me but it did not blow up Four more for the people here it belps the hundred years elsewbere he said When the history of the Afghan His Bin Laden company-not to be confused with the larger con- struction business run by his coas ins-is paid in Sudanese currency which is then used to purchase ses- ame and other products for export profits are clea Bin Laden's own contribution to the mujabedin-and the indirect bombs were dropped from a Rus- result of his training and assistance -may turn out to be a turning- they did not explode We beat the sian plane on our headquarters but tant fundamentalism even if to- But what of the Arab mujabedin en's top arly not Mr Bin Lad- iority How did he feel about Algeria I whom he took to Afghanistan members of a guerrilla army who asked? But a man in a green suit were also When the invasion of Afghanistan started I was enraged and went he claimed to be Nigerian al- ted States- and who were bitious one a brand-new highway there at once-I arrived within the Uni couraged and armed by calling himself Mohamed Moussa stretching all the way from Khar days before the end of 1979 he forgotten when that war was over? though he was a Sudanese security toum to Port Sudan a distance of said Yes I fought there but my Personally neither I nor my broth- officer- tapped me on the arm 1200km 745 miles on the old road fellow Muslims did much more now shortened to 800km by the new Bin Laden route that will turn the still alive coastal run from the capital into a ers saw evidence of American help You have asked more than enough When my mujabedin were victori questtions he said At which Mr ous and the Russians were driven Bin Laden went off to inspect his out differences started between new road than I Many of them died and I am Photograp Osama Bin Laden surveys the 800km road he is building in northern Sudan Within months however Mr Bin A lesson i the langu ONLY Daily service to the USA THE WEEK AHEAD Gatt set A news article from 1993 praises Osama Bin Laden as a “Anti-Soviet warrior of peace” Meme

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