Operation Cyclone

1979 to 1989 CIA programme

Operation Cyclone was the code name for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program to arm and finance the mujahideen (jihadists) in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989. The mujahideen were also supported by Britain's MI6.[1]

Operation Cyclone was one of the longest and most expensive covert CIA operations ever.[2] Funding officially began with $695,000 in 1979.[3]

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  1. Bergen, Peter, Holy War Inc., Free Press, (2001), p.68
  2. Barlett, Donald L.; Steele, James B. (13 May 2003). "The Oily Americans". Time. Archived from the original on 2018-12-24. Retrieved 2008-07-08.
  3. "Summary of Conclusions of a Special Coordination Committee Meeting". history.state.gov. 23 October 1979. Retrieved 24 November 2019.