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Essam al-Ridi ships sniper rifles to Afghanistan

Part of Soviet Union invades Afghanistan

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAfghan resistance
Other OrganizationAl-Qaeda
LocationArlington, Texas, United States
Time 1989
ParticipantsEssam al-Ridi
Narrative and Notes
ReliableEssam al-Ridi said he shipped 25 .50 caliber Barrett sniper rifles to support the anti-Soviet resistance in Afghanistan in the late 1980s.

He later had to travel to Peshawar to assist in deploying them.

The rifles ended up with Osama bin Laden's organization.1
1Essam al-Ridi testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 5, Feb. 14, 2001.
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