- Feb 2015
This thread is about the Jihadism and Af-Pak region. I lived through those times. I never heard the word 'Jihadism' in 1970s anywhere. It came to the lexicon in 1980s. The industrial scale use of jihadism as a concept to achieve political goals at the level where it was done has no other precedant than the Afghan Jihad.You named the thread "Operation Cyclone - The Birth of Jihadism" and then want on a rank to show that the US assistance to the Muj fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan is responsible for jihadism and extremism. That's bull. It might be true in some ways for Pakistan, but the Middle East and other Muslim countries were having issues with various types of extremism and jihadism before Afghanistan was invaded, or immaterial to it.