I guess corporate mass media forgot this 2004 BBC public exposure that Al-Qaeda, meaning “the base”, was created in 1989 as Soviet forces withdrew from #Afghanistan and Osama Bin Laden & his colleagues began looking for new jihads.
The organisation grew out of the network of Arab volunteers who had gone to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight under the banner of Islam against Soviet #Communism.
During the anti-Soviet jihad Bin Laden and his fighters received #American & #Saudi funding. Some analysts believe Bin Laden himself had security training from the CIA. (Named after the Bush family whom also are best friends with the Bin Laden’s & the Saudi beheaders.
The “Arab Afghans”, as they became known, were battle-hardened and highly motivated. (After toppling Libya to chaos- millions dead since the first Iraq invasion by Bush, the bombings of innocent children & cities had created a more brutal opposition named ISIS- currently being used as a cover name as well for reason of toppling Syria & Iran). In the early 1990s Al-Qaeda operated in Sudan. (2011 baby Bush created a new state- South Sudan. The US puppet in power wears a Texan cowboy hat given to him by Bush W.) After 1996 its headquarters and about a dozen training camps moved to Afghanistan, where Bin Laden forged a close relationship with the Taleban.
The US campaign in Afghanistan starting in late #2001 (On Washington Post Nov. 18- public record of the CIA setting up for war as early as 1997) dispersed the organisation and drove it underground as its personnel were attacked and its bases and training camps destroyed.
The organisation is thought to operate in 40 to 50 countries, not only in the Middle East and Asia but in North America and Europe.
In western Europe there have been known or suspected cells in London, Hamburg, Milan and Madrid. These have been important centres for recruitment, fundraising and planning operations. (Its important to understand the “War on Terror” was thought up, written out clearly, and pushed even with outright lies to ignite chaos worldwide. War is terror. Spying is dystopian. Censorship is not #truth nor freedom. Since 9/11/01 the world has lost civil liberties.)