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… by  F.William Engdahl,  …with  New Eastern Outlook, Moscow


The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg
The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg

[ Editor’s note: Brother Engdahl takes us down his Yellow Brick Road today, a subject that he has followed closely for a number of years — America’s Bush- and Saudi-sponsored Islamic terror operations throughout the world.

This sordid tale will show the Bush holdover and Cold War-era CIA crowd saw no reason to stop using Cold War tactics in peacetime. Perpetrating acts of war were dealt out like a Las Vegas blackjack dealer, where the house was always playing with a stacked deck.

Many Americans who know a lot about this, pretend they don’t. They have always known that a real War on Terror would have had us holding Nuremberg-style trials, with more hanging than were done back then.

What we get instead is all the Bush family connections with Osama bin Laden and the Wahabi terrorists operation Hoovered from official public records. Our not-so-wonderful American press also took a dive on standing up for the folks, and have helped keep the lies buried. How else could Bush(43) have run for president?

And to add to the gall of the family, they have such contempt for Americans that they anticipate, with their international criminal gangsters and more than a few experienced killers on call, they will put another family member in for round number three, to rape and pillage us some more… Bush style. They view us as a defeated people, and maybe they are right, about most of us anyway… Jim W. Dean ]


–  First published  …  May 15, 2015  –

Where is an American Putin who can poll 82%?
Where is an American Putin who can poll 82%?

On April 26, Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period, including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’état in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU.

His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.

Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from the West, something clearly the Russian character is not disposed to. Then a short way into his remarks, the Russian President stated for the first time publicly something that Russian intelligence has known for almost two decades, but kept silent until now, most probably in hopes of an era of better normalized Russia-US relations.

Putin stated that the terror in Chechnya and in the Russian Caucasus in the early 1990’s was actively backed by the CIA and western Intelligence services to deliberately weaken Russia. He noted that the Russian FSB foreign intelligence had documentation of the US covert role without giving details.

What Putin, an intelligence professional of the highest order, only hinted at in his remarks, I have documented in detail from non-Russian sources.

The report has enormous implications to reveal to the world the long-standing hidden agenda of influential circles in Washington to destroy Russia as a functioning sovereign state — an agenda which includes the neo-nazi coup d’état in Ukraine and severe financial sanction warfare against Moscow. The following is drawn on my book, Amerikas’ Heilige Krieg.


CIA’s Chechen Wars

Graham Fuller
Graham Fuller

Not long after the CIA and Saudi Intelligence-financed Mujahideen had devastated Afghanistan at the end of the 1980’s, forcing the exit of the Soviet Army in 1989, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union itself some months later, the CIA began to look at possible places in the collapsing Soviet Union where their trained “Afghan Arabs” could be redeployed to further destabilize Russian influence over the post-Soviet Eurasian space.

They were called Afghan Arabs because they had been recruited from ultraconservative Wahhabite Sunni Muslims from Saudi Arabia, the Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and elsewhere in the Arab world where the ultra-strict Wahhabite Islam was practiced.

They were brought to Afghanistan in the early 1980’s by a Saudi CIA recruit who had been sent to Afghanistan named Osama bin Laden.

With the former Soviet Union in total chaos and disarray, George H.W. Bush’s Administration decided to “kick ‘em when they’re down,” a sad error. Washington redeployed their Afghan veteran terrorists to bring chaos and destabilize all of Central Asia, even into the Russian Federation itself, which was in a deep and traumatic crisis during the economic collapse of the Yeltsin era.


Rumsfeld and Cheney getting "broken in" with Ford. Now...two of the most hated men in America.
Rumsfeld and Cheney getting “broken in” with Ford. Now…two of the most hated men in America.

In the early 1990s, Dick Cheney’s company, Halliburton, had surveyed the offshore oil potentials of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and the entire Caspian Sea Basin. They estimated the region to be “another Saudi Arabia” worth several trillion dollars on today’s market. The US and UK were determined to keep that oil bonanza from Russian control by all means.

The first target of Washington was to stage a coup in Azerbaijan against elected president Abulfaz Elchibey to install a President more friendly to a US-controlled Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, “the world’s most political pipeline,” bringing Baku oil from Azerbaijan through Georgia to Turkey and the Mediterranean.

At that time, the only existing oil pipeline from Baku was a Soviet era Russian pipeline that ran through the Chechen capital, Grozny, taking Baku oil north via Russia’s Dagestan province, and across Chechenya to the Black Sea Russian port of Novorossiysk. The pipeline was the only competition and major obstacle to the very costly alternative route of Washington and the British and US oil majors.

President Bush Sr. gave his old friends at CIA the mandate to destroy that Russian Chechen pipeline and create such chaos in the Caucasus that no Western or Russian company would consider using the Grozny Russian oil pipeline.

Graham E. Fuller, an old colleague of Bush and former Deputy Director of the CIA National Council on Intelligence had been a key architect of the CIA Mujahideen strategy. Fuller described the CIA strategy in the Caucasus in the early 1990s:

“The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Red Army. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power.”6

The CIA used a dirty tricks veteran, General Richard Secord, for the operation. Secord created a CIA front company, MEGA Oil. Secord had been convicted in the 1980s for his central role in the CIA’s Iran-Contra illegal arms and drugs operations.

Richard V. Secord
Richard V. Secord

In 1991 Secord, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, landed in Baku and set up the CIA front company, MEGA Oil. He was a veteran of the CIA covert opium operations in Laos during the Vietnam War.

In Azerbaijan, he setup an airline to secretly fly hundreds of bin Laden’s al-Qaeda Mujahideen from Afghanistan into Azerbaijan. By 1993, MEGA Oil had recruited and armed 2,000 Mujahideen, converting Baku into a base for Caucasus-wide Mujahideen terrorist operations.

General Secord’s covert Mujahideen operation in the Caucasus initiated the military coup that toppled elected president Abulfaz Elchibey that year and installed Heydar Aliyev, a more pliable US puppet.

A secret Turkish intelligence report leaked to the Sunday Times of London confirmed that “two petrol giants, BP and Amoco, British and American respectively, which together form the AIOC (Azerbaijan International Oil Consortium), are behind the coup d’état.”

Saudi Intelligence head, Turki al-Faisal, arranged that his agent, Osama bin Laden, whom he had sent to Afghanistan at the start of the Afghan war in the early 1980s, would use his Afghan organization Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK) to recruit “Afghan Arabs” for what was rapidly becoming a global Jihad.

Bin Laden’s mercenaries were used as shock troops by the Pentagon and CIA to coordinate and support Muslim offensives not only Azerbaijan but also in Chechnya and, later, Bosnia.

Now deceased Chechen commander Ibn al-Khattab
Now deceased Chechen commander Ibn al-Khattab

Bin Laden brought in another Saudi, Ibn al-Khattab, to become Commander, or Emir of Jihadist Mujahideen in Chechnya (sic!) together with Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev. No matter that Ibn al-Khattab was a Saudi Arab who spoke barely a word of Chechen, let alone, Russian. He knew what Russian soldiers looked like and how to kill them.

Chechnya then was traditionally a predominantly Sufi society, a mild apolitical branch of Islam. Yet the increasing infiltration of the well-financed and well-trained US-sponsored Mujahideen terrorists preaching Jihad or Holy War against Russians transformed the initially reformist Chechen resistance movement. They spread al-Qaeda’s hardline Islamist ideology across the Caucasus.

Under Secord’s guidance, Mujahideen terrorist operations had also quickly extended into neighboring Dagestan and Chechnya, turning Baku into a shipping point for Afghan heroin to the Chechen mafia.

From the mid-1990s, bin Laden paid Chechen guerrilla leaders Shamil Basayev and Omar ibn al-Khattab the handsome sum of several million dollars per month, a King’s fortune in economically desolate Chechnya in the 1990s, enabling them to sideline the moderate Chechen majority. US intelligence remained deeply involved in the Chechen conflict until the end of the 1990s.

Baku, a shipping port for Afghan heroin to the Chechen mafia

According to Yossef Bodansky, then Director of the US Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, Washington was actively involved in “yet another anti-Russian jihad, seeking to support and empower the most virulent anti-Western Islamist forces.”

Bodansky revealed the entire CIA Caucasus strategy in detail in his report, stating that US Government officials participated in…

 “A formal meeting in Azerbaijan in December 1999 in which specific programs for the training and equipping of Mujahideen from the Caucasus, Central/South Asia and the Arab world were discussed and agreed upon.

This culminated in Washington’s tacit encouragement of both Muslim allies (mainly Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia) and US ‘private security companies’. . . to assist the Chechens and their Islamist allies to surge in the spring of 2000 and sustain the ensuing Jihad for a long time… Islamist Jihad in the Caucasus as a way to deprive Russia of a viable pipeline route through spiraling violence and terrorism.”

The most intense phase of the Chechen wars wound down in 2000, only after heavy Russian military action defeated the Islamists. It was a pyrrhic victory, costing a massive toll in human life and destruction of entire cities.

The exact death toll from the CIA-instigated Chechen conflict is unknown. Unofficial estimates ranged from 25,000 to 50,000 dead or missing, mostly civilians. Russian casualties were near 11,000 according to the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers.

The Anglo-American oil majors and the CIA’s operatives were happy. They had what they wanted: their Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan oil pipeline, bypassing Russia’s Grozny pipeline.

The Chechen Jihadists, under the Islamic command of Shamil Basayev, continued guerrilla attacks in and outside Chechnya. The CIA had refocused into the Caucasus.


Basayev’s Saudi Connection

Shamil Basayev
Shamil Basayev

Basayev was a key part of the CIA’s Global Jihad. In 1992, he met Saudi terrorist Ibn al-Khattab in Azerbaijan. From Azerbaijan, Ibn al-Khattab brought Basayev to Afghanistan to meet al-Khattab’s ally, fellow-Saudi Osama bin Laden.

Ibn al-Khattab’s role was to recruit Chechen Muslims willing to wage Jihad against Russian forces in Chechnya on behalf of the covert CIA strategy of destabilizing post-Soviet Russia and securing British-US control over Caspian energy.

Once back in Chechnya, Basayev and al-Khattab created the International Islamic Brigade (IIB) with Saudi Intelligence money, approved by the CIA and coordinated through the liaison of Saudi Washington Ambassador and Bush family intimate Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

Bandar, Saudi Washington Ambassador for more than two decades, was so intimate with the Bush family that George W. Bush referred to the playboy Saudi Ambassador as “Bandar Bush”, a kind of honorary family member.

Saudi prince Bandar bin Sultan (Bandar Bush) meeting with former US President George Bush
Saudi prince Bandar bin Sultan (Bandar Bush) meeting with former US President George Bush

Basayev and al-Khattab imported fighters from the Saudi fanatical Wahhabite strain of Sunni Islam into Chechnya. Ibn al-Khattab commanded what were called the “Arab Mujahideen in Chechnya,” his own private army of Arabs, Turks, and other foreign fighters.

He was also commissioned to set up paramilitary training camps in the Caucasus Mountains of Chechnya that trained Chechens and Muslims from the North Caucasian Russian republics and from Central Asia.

The Saudi and CIA-financed Islamic International Brigade was responsible not only for terror in Chechnya. They carried out the October 2002 Moscow Dubrovka Theatre hostage seizure and the gruesome September 2004 Beslan school massacre.

In 2010, the UN Security Council published the following report on al-Khattab and Basayev’s International Islamic Brigade:

Islamic International Brigade (IIB) was listed on 4 March 2003. . . as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of” Al-Qaida. . . The Islamic International Brigade (IIB) was founded and led by Shamil Salmanovich Basayev (deceased) and is linked to the Riyadus-Salikhin Reconnaissance and Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs (RSRSBCM). . . and the Special Purpose Islamic Regiment (SPIR). . .

On the evening of 23 October 2002, members of IIB, RSRSBCM and SPIR operated jointly to seize over 800 hostages at Moscow’s Podshipnikov Zavod (Dubrovka) Theater.

In October 1999, emissaries of Basayev and Al-Khattab traveled to Usama bin Laden’s home base in the Afghan province of Kandahar, where Bin Laden agreed to provide substantial military assistance and financial aid, including by making arrangements to send to Chechnya several hundred fighters to fight against Russian troops and perpetrate acts of terrorism. Later that year, Bin Laden sent substantial amounts of money to Basayev, Movsar Barayev (leader of SPIR) and Al-Khattab, which was to be used exclusively for training gunmen, recruiting mercenaries and buying ammunition.

The Afghan-Caucasus Al Qaeda “terrorist railway,” financed by Saudi intelligence, had two goals. One was a Saudi goal to spread fanatical Wahhabite Jihad into the Central Asian region of the former Soviet Union. The second was the CIA’s agenda of destabilizing a then-collapsing post-Soviet Russian Federation.



Turki bin Faisal Al Saud
Turki bin Faisal Al Saud

On September 1, 2004, armed terrorists from Basayev and al-Khattab’s IIB took more than 1,100 people as hostages in a siege that included 777 children, and forced them into School Number One (SNO) in Beslan in North Ossetia, the autonomous republic in the North Caucasus of the Russian Federation near to the Georgia border.

On the third day of the hostage crisis, as explosions were heard inside the school, FSB and other elite Russian troops stormed the building. In the end, at least 334 hostages were killed, including 186 children, with a significant number of people injured and reported missing. It became clear afterward that the Russian forces had handled the intervention poorly.

The Washington propaganda machine, from Radio Free Europe to The New York Times and CNN, wasted no time demonizing Putin and Russia for their bad handling of the Beslan crisis, rather than focus on the links of Basayev to Al Qaeda and Saudi intelligence.

That would have brought the world’s attention to the intimate relations between the family of then US President George W. Bush and the Saudi billionaire bin Laden family.

On September 1, 2001, just ten days before the day of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, Saudi Intelligence head US-educated Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, who had directed Saudi Intelligence since 1977, including through the entire Osama bin Laden Mujahideen operation in Afghanistan and into the Caucasus, abruptly and inexplicably resigned, just days after having accepted a new term as intelligence head from his King. He gave no explanation. He was quickly reposted to London, away from Washington.

The record of the bin Laden-Bush family intimate ties was buried, in fact entirely deleted on “national security” (sic!) grounds in the official US Commission Report on 911.


The Saudi background of fourteen of the nineteen alleged 911 terrorists in New York and Washington was also deleted from the US Government’s final 911 Commission report, released only in July 2004 by the Bush Administration, almost three years after the events.

Basayev claimed credit for having sent the terrorists to Beslan. His demands had included the complete independence of Chechnya from Russia, something that would have given Washington and the Pentagon an enormous strategic dagger in the southern underbelly of the Russian Federation.

By late 2004, in the aftermath of the tragic Beslan drama, President Vladimir Putin reportedly ordered a secret search and destroy mission by Russian intelligence to hunt and kill key leaders of the Caucasus Mujahideen of Basayev. Al-Khattab had been killed in 2002. The Russian security forces soon discovered that most of the Chechen Afghan Arab terrorists had fled.

They had gotten safe haven in Turkey, a NATO member; in Azerbaijan, by then almost a NATO Member; or in Germany, a NATO Member; or in Dubai–one of the closest US Allies in the Arab States, and Qatar-another very close US ally. In other words, the Chechen terrorists were given NATO safe haven.___

F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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  1. Dear Mr. Engdahl, sehr geehrter Herr Professor Doktor,

    Ever since reading your article “Graham Fuller, Uncle Ruslan, the CIA and the Boston Bombings” at Voltairenet, where I first saw the quote from Richard Labévière, I have struggled to shield it with a rigorous sourcing. I bought his book in English, “Dollars for Terror”, and sure enough, on p. 6, the 2nd paragraph, the quote appears:

    “The policy of guiding the evolution of Islam and of helping them against our adversaries worked marvelously well in Afghanistan against the Red Army. The same doctrines can still be used to destabilize what remains of Russian power.”

    He endnotes it as Le Monde Diplomatique, September 1999

    But that source at that month, though it has Graham Fuller’s writing, (“Islam, a force for change”), the article does not contain that quote.

    I even bought the French edition Les Dollars de la terreur , but it turns out, the above quote only appears in the American edition.

    Have you dealt with this issue before? Some of us over at Boiling Frogs Post, who are incensed about the subject, have struggled with this sourcing issue. Could the quote have been scrubbed after Labévière’s citation became known?

    Obviously, the existence of the quote is damaging to the case the spooks make of being essentially benign.

    I would love to know your thoughts on the matter.

    With great respect,

    JS Carpenter

    • So, Bill Engdahl replied quickly to my request, and his answer squares with my suspicion

      “I believe the source was scrubbed after 911 for obvious reasons. It is a nasty bunch around Fuller.

      We can do no more than cite as accurately and carefully as possible ”

      So I thought, maybe I can contact Labévière and he may have a copy of the scrubbed document.

      What I found was even more interesting

  2. Jim says it all in his comment. America today is a feudal nation ruled by god like Kings. The rotten fruits of self worship as promulgated by the alien invaders to convert Christians into flock, livestock, to harvest from, or in managment parlance ‘containers’ which after use are disposed off. This Kings are the follow-up of Babylon-Rome. Of course their dominion is not a single place (eg. a nation) but a hemisphere, an assortment of lands, and therefore completely out of reach by any legal rules. They play with countries like babies with their plastic toys. After the ‘Church’ (Roman Catholicism) became ominous after a wider array of people could read and understand their absolute Anti-Christian behaviour, a new scheme was needed, money magic, the most powerful weapon invented to date. With this weapon in tandem with the ‘modern’ philosophical concept of the free citizen (self magic) they effectively reconquered the world (most of it), elevating them into a space which cannot be conquered or attacked, but they can attack anybody at will.

  3. Pharasaic Judaism and Christianity are literally inimical, a condition so utterly opposed that the continued existence of one entails the extinction of the other. But it’s worse with “Judeo-Christianity” because the victims gleefully embrace their spiritual and soon to be physical executioners as their “elder brothers in faith.” A recent study by Christianity Today, as I recall, found that upwards of 60% of evangelical Protestants’ beliefs regarding the divinity of Christ are, basically, not Christian, and I’d guess similar heresy would apply to a significant percentage of Catholics and mainline Protestants who take what they like–psychologically comforting benefits in this world–and chuck the rest. In any case, bloodthirsty supporters of Israel who live as if they were carnal and materialist-to-the-core Jews might as well be called “Judeo-Christians” to indicate their inferior, sheeple status in this bloodthirsty ideology passing itself off as a religion.

  4. It is beyond disgusting what has been and is going on!

    What is a little troublesome is that President Putin is giving the one eye sign in that picture. Just saying.


  5. aim slightly higher you see rothschilds/royals/criminals. the big deception of the fake “izrahell” is just one of their bigger tools for psyop lies, aggression+murder, soul killing too. when people are following a “judeo-christian” line they exalt what is luciferian, and they dont get it! DC being luciferian clap like seals for bibi because they read between the lines he promises more mass suffering and sacrificial blood.

  6. no doubt.. rothschilds owning London banking, Vatican banking, Feral Reserve, forming the United NAZIons then izrahell.. all that cloth has the one common thread, rottenchild greed! the cutout puppets are promised (monopoly money!) wealth, fame, and protection by their owned media (and courtrooms if it ever goes that far) for all the death and misery they cause.
    I do think David Icke is correct about “royals” (criminals!) providing generations of inbred copper based blue blood hosts for demonic spirits continuous satanic agendas. they are damned and looking to drag as many souls down as possible. then consider Jordan Maxwell telling DC is FULL of demonic symbology, all relative to baal worship..

  7. If the internet wasn’t around, we the people would not stand a chance. It is thanks to this unexpected invention that all sorts of murky behaviour comes to the surface.
    But with the right hunch: you *could have known* with a deep and persistent dive into a library at the time…

    The Big question is: what deception and crimes are internet-safe? What is it that we have difficulties seeing today but is still there… and could be found with a deep dive into some information source…

    • I bet the internet would look rather different IF they would see a threat from it. But instead they will turn it into the ultimate mind control instrument. Already today the Super-Ego is with you all the time, you know the beloved little one, that which loves you, and you love it, your… handheld. Here EVERYBODY only stares into his handheld, as if vexed by a spell…it must be deep, deep love. They have the technology at hand to ENFORCE we being their livestock ! Another ten years and you won’t get an appartment if your internet rating is not within certain limits, same for a job, same for a social life… This ist the second beast which does all the signs before the first beast and gives it it’s power.., they own the internet, every inch of it.

  8. oh yeah.. gerry ford who changed the language of JFK “investigation” bush was on scene at and we know plenty about darth cheney.. these “presidential pardons” near ALL need to be investigated and revoked! they’re gonna run more bush-clinton multiple felons for president.

    right now they’re getting rich from bush dope in Afghanistan, is known, but no one is prosecuting THEIR drug and terrorism racket that kills people and justifies a police state.

  9. Please note photos of the miles long ISIS victory parade in Anbar published in the global press. Was Martin Dempsey at yet another
    Georgetown cocktail party smartly done out in his dress uniform and medals yet again, wowing the 60 year old ladies who lunch???
    Where were the Fuel Air munitions, the Dailey cutters, the A-10s???

    Answer , the Pentagon is top to bottom steep in career bureaucrats and
    Social climbing ass kissers… The Bush cabal and their Clinton-Obama
    Go’fers trashed America front to back, top to bottom.

    There isn’t enough rope in this once great country to hang the traitors of the last 53 years

    • Couldn’t we atleast perhaps create a Computer Game where we show atleast the growing ups after us HOW it should be done the right way ?

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