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Al-Qaeda gains first members


Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
SubjectFormation of al-Qaeda
LocationFarouq training camp, Near Khost, Paktia, Afghanistan
Time Late 1989
ParticipantsAbu Ayoub al-Iraqi (Leader) , Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl, Abu Ubaidah al-Banshiri, Mohammed Atef, Osama bin Laden (Organizer)
ParticipantsAyman al-Zawahiri2, Doctor Abdallah Izzildine2, Abu Musab al Saudi2, Doctor Fadhl el Masry2, Abu Faraj al-Yemeni2, Abu Burhan al-Iraqi2, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim
Narrative and Notes
ReliableAbu Ayoub al-Iraqi gave a lecture to Jamal al-Fadl and presumably some others, saying with the imminent withdrawl of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, some fighters wanted to carry the battle elsewhere. A new group, called al-Qaeda, would be formed for this purpose.

According to al-Fadl, Abu Ubaidah said this was the first meeting in which recruits pledged bayat to al-Qaeda. Al-Fadl was third in line.

At this meeting, al-Fadl pledged bayat to al-Qaeda. He was told to keep his work for the organization confidential and not to join any other Islamic groups.1,3
1Jamal al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 2, Feb. 6, 2001.
2It is unclear from al-Fadl's testimony whether these people were present at the meeting.
3Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript Day 7, Feb. 20, 2001.
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