Maktab al-Khidmat


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Noun1.Maktab al-Khidmat - a terrorist organization founded by Osama bin Laden in the 1980s to provide money and recruit fighters around the worldMaktab al-Khidmat - a terrorist organization founded by Osama bin Laden in the 1980s to provide money and recruit fighters around the world; enlisted and transported thousands of men to Afghanistan to fight the Russians; a split in the group led bin Laden and the extremist faction of MAK to form al-Qaeda
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
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Azzam is the spiritual founder of al-Qaida and formed Maktab al-Khidmat as the earliest Arab-Afghan logistic and processing center in Peshawar to fight the Soviets.
Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, who was killed in a 1989 car bomb in Peshawar, established Maktab Al-Khidmat lil Mujahideen (The Services Office for Arab Fighters, Maktab Al-Khidmat for short), the first establishment to undertake the organization, reception, and orientation of these young Arabs.
The cleric and professor was the Palestinian Abdullah Azzam, who first saw a need to organize Arabs arriving in Pakistan and began by establishing guesthouses for them in Peshawar that would be called the Maktab Al-Khidmat lil Mujahiddeen (The Services Office for Arab Jihadists).