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Maktab al-Khidamat


Details
Center of GravityPeshawar, Pakistan
ScopeInternational
Area of OperationUnited States, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan
State SponsorPakistan
GoalEnlist Arabs and other Muslims to oppose Soviet invasion of Afghanistan4
LeaderAbdullah Azzam
Alias(es)MAK1, Afghan Services Office2, Mektab al-Khidmat3, Mekhtab al Khidemat
Key membersOsama bin Laden
Formed1984
 
 
Narrative and Notes
ReliableMAK served to funnel volunteers and money to Arabs and other foreign Muslims fighting alongside the Afghans against the Soviet invasion in the 1980s.

Most of the organization was rolled into al-Qaeda when the Soviets withdrew, and it is considered defunct.

PossibleIt received considerable support from Paistan's intelligence service.4
 
 
Sources
1U.S. government shorthand.
2Translation.
3Alternate transliteration.
4Gunaratna, Rohan. 'Inside al-Qaeda: Global Network of Terror.' New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
 
 
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