Homeland Security

Maktab al-Khidamat

Center of Gravity Peshawar, Pakistan
Scope International
Area of Operation United States, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan
State Sponsor Pakistan
Goal Enlist Arabs and other Muslims to oppose Soviet invasion of Afghanistan4
Leader Abdullah Azzam
Alias(es) MAK1, Afghan Services Office2, Mektab al-Khidmat3, Mekhtab al Khidemat
Key members Osama bin Laden
Formed 1984
Narrative and Notes
Reliable MAK 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.

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