CNN’s Cold War Documentary; Soldiers of God – 1975-1988: How The US Funded Islamic Fundamentalists



There are some who don’t believe the US government created and funded Al-Qaeda and other Islamic fundamentalist groups. Watch this episode from CNN’s Cold War, a 24 part TV series that first aired in 1998.

Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War that aired in 1998. It features interviews and footage of the events that shaped the tense relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The episode is called Soldiers of God – 1975-1988. I highly recommend watching this episode, especially with someone who doesn’t believe the US funded these fanatics.

Summary of episode 20, from Wikipedia:

Nur Mohammad Taraki comes to power in Afghanistan and attempts to modernise the country on Marxist-Leninist lines, provoking a rebellion from more traditional powerbrokers in the country. The Soviets are initially reluctant to intervene militarily, but respond after Taraki is violently replaced by Hafizullah Amin who is considered to be destabilising influence. The Soviets invade Afghanistan, and soon find themselves unprepared facing a hostile army of mujahideen insurgents, secretly armed by the Americans who see the war as an opportunity to wear down the Soviet Union. To achieve mobility in Afghanistan’s rugged terrain the Soviet Union uses helicopters, but are thwarted by Stinger missiles. Atrocities are committed by Soviet and mujahideen forces. Eventually Soviet forces would leaves Afghanistan under the terms of the Geneva Accords, but bloodshed would continue with rival mujahideen forces fighting each other. Interviewees include Caspar Weinberger, Artyom Borovik and Zbigniew Brzezinski. The pre-credits scene shows a battle in progress and presents the views of the superpowers – the Soviet Union did not want to lose face by being defeated in a proxy war.