Al Qaidah & Al Qaeda

by Anthony C Heaford - Updated 19 Sept 2021 (final paragraph added)

Al Qaidah is a town in Yemen with a training camp nearby. The training camp was established by Osama bin Laden (OBL) in 1987 for foreign Mujahideen returning from defeating the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. My evidence presented here is three-fold, but in reality these documented links are just the tip of an iceberg of factual and compelling evidence supporting my assertions:

This quote from a letter signed by Osama bin Laden in 1987:

"One of the brothers whose name is Abu Abdel Lateef is with Abu al Nasr, and if he wants to come tonight, take care of him so that he comes to us tomorrow, for his plane [departs] on Thursday from Karachi to Yemen. I request that you ask the Yemeni embassy if a Saudi needs a visa to enter Yemen.
If so, I hope you work on a visa for me so I can go with him."

This widely reported Western Intelligence agencies claim:

"According to Western intelligence, before the [1994 Yemen civil] war Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a brother of north Yemen’s President Ali Abdallah Saleh, received US$ 20 million from bin Laden to help settle Arab Afghan fighters in the country."

My September 1997 visit to Al Qaidah Al Askariya:

On the last day of a one week business trip to Yemen I was introduced to “the Engineer” thirty minutes before I was taken to a clandestine meeting at a secluded collection of buildings.

‘The Engineer’ was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the meeting was at Al Qaidah Al Askariya.

Al Qaidah al Askariya

Al Qaidah al Askariya was the full name of the training camp referred to in the notes of an August 1988 meeting in Peshawar Pakistan. Al Qaidah is a town in Yemen named after a military base built there in 1174. Al Askariya, which translates as “the soldier’s place”, is a secluded valley a few kilometres south-east of Al Qaidah town. It was a sanctuary for returning veterans of the 1980's War in Afghanistan, and an advanced training centre for those intending to continue their role as international soldiers of conscience.

Al Askariya valley - the soldier’s place - was one mile east of al Qaidah town and directly under the flight path of Taiz international airport which is just three kilometres away. When I visited it in September 1997 it was like entering a sanctuary; that combined with its proximity to a town and international airport lead me to conclude this was not a military training camp but actually a sanctuary for returning veterans of the brutal Afghan / Soviet War.


Al Qaeda

Al Qaeda is a terrorist entity created by the CIA / NSA in 1993. They did that after Osama bin Laden had been exiled to Sudan and after the CIA / NSA had assessed he posed no direct threat to the United States. Osama bin Laden did present a threat to the Saudi dynasty though and that’s why the CIA / NSA created al Qaeda out of al Qaidah. They framed Osama bin Laden for the crimes of their patsies, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s terrorist cell, that operated under Saudi ally Abdul Rasul Sayyaf’s command
Here’s some of my evidence for these claim:

30 May 1993 - first mention of “al Kaida” in Western media:

“… trained by Al-Ka’ida, a secret organization in Afghanistan that is financed by a wealthy
Saudi businessman who owns a construction firm in Jeddah, Ossama ibn Laden

The article published by a French news agency credits an unnamed Jordanian militant with the quote above. I believe it was deliberately planted to begin the narrative of an international terrorist organisation headed by Osama bin Laden. It will also have been done as a form of psycological operation to make those who did know about al Qaidah al Askariya in Yemen aware that the town’s name was known by the intelligence community, even if that information was presented in the wrong context.

Also in May 1993 FBI officer John Zent interviewed supposed al Qaeda double agent Ali Mohamed; the interview files were subsequently reported as lost.

CIA contractor admits training al Qaeda in 1990s Yemen:

In his 2004 autobiography “Hunting the Jackel”, CIA contractor Billy Waugh writes:

“I worked right there with these al-Qaeda operatives and heard these arguments [about the badness of US policy] firsthand many times, especially during an assignment in Yemen.”

Waugh’s work in Yemen takes place in the 1990s, most likely in 1993 due to al Qaeda forces fighting for US ally President Saleh in the 1994 Yemen civil war, and Waugh having just finished an assignment following Osama bin Laden in Sudan.

1993 - My CIA linked employer’s first machine sale to terrorist financiers in Yemen:

My former employer, my Father’s company, sold their first printing machine to the Hayel Saeed Anam Group of Yemen in 1993. This was at a time when US Ambassador to Yemen Barbara Bodine described al Qaeda’s presence in Yemen as: 

"they were largely warehousing lower-level [foreign nationals] in peripheral areas.” 

My Father’s second sale to the Hayel Saeed Anam Group was the machine I installed in 1997; that was in an empty factory building used as a front company by Pakistani members of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s terrorist cell. That situation matched Ambassador Bodine’s description of al Qaeda’s presence in Yemen exactly. I have concluded my Father’s first machine sale to Yemen in 1993 was also to furnish a Hayel Saeed Anam Group funded front company used by al Qaeda in Yemen. In 1995 my Father’s company received their second Queens’ Award for Export Achievement.

The British-Yemen Society is formed in 1993

The British-Yemen Society membership includes many Cambridge educated British Establishment figures and at least one terrorist financier - Mr Dirhem Abdo Saeed. Mr Saeed is the Vice-Chairman of the Hayel Saeed Anam Group (who hosted Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s terrorist cell in their former HQ compound at PO Box 5302 Taiz Yemen), and is Managing Director of Longulf Trading, a London office that purchased $3-million of printing machinery to furnish Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s front company in Yemen.

Truly, for some of us nothing is written, unless we write it 
© Anthony C Heaford - The Quiet Mancunian