The truck bomb that exploded in front of Islamabad's Marriott hotel killing at least 53 people heralded in the latest salvo in the the U.S.'s and Mujahedin's love/hate relationship. Their relationship began in 1979 in Afghanistan and Pakistan when the U.S., starting with Jimmy Carter and his National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brezezinski hatched an idea of using the most extreme militant Islamists to first draw in the Soviets (to Afghanistan) then go to war against them. At the time the U.S. was allied closely with Pakistani dictator General Zia Ul-Haq. Zia allowed Pakistan to be the primary conduit for weapons transfers from Washington to the Mujahedin from '79 on.
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