Not soon after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 the British government was discussing how they could get funds and military support to the ‘Islamic resistance’.

In 1981 Margaret Thatcher travelled to the Pakistan/Afghanistan border and addressed the Mujahideen. She told them “the hearts of the free world are with you” and that “we in Britain will continue to help you in every way we can”.

Abdul Haq Thatcher

Thatcher meeting with Mujahideen member Abdul Haq in 1986 in London

Abdul Haq was welcomed to Britain by Thatcher in 1986. Haq had ordered a bombing in Kabul which killed 28 people, most of them students. Thatcher also invited Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to London the same year and hailed him a “freedom fighter”. Hekmatyar gained status after throwing acid in a woman’s face.

Thatcher’s collusion with the Mujahideen was extensive. It highlights the hypocrisy of the British regime. She talked of the right for people to fight against a foreign invader whilst she waged war against the people of Ireland who were resisting British occupation. Not to mention how the Mujahideen she backed morphed into the bogeymen of today.

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