A former al-Qaeda bomb maker turned MI6 spy who said he met a ‘dishevelled’ Osama Bin Laden six years before 9/11 has revealed how Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden made ‘huge tactical errors’ when pulling out of Afghanistan.

Aimen Dean, who was born in Saudi Arabia, warned British services of terror threats for eight years  before his cover was blown by a US intelligence leak in 2006.  

A podcast called Conflicted features his story of radicalisation and US failures in foreign policy that lead to the Taliban taking over Afghanistan.

He also shared how he would never have been able to predict how a ‘bunch of refugees would calculate the deadliest terror attack in world history’ referring to Al-Qaeda in the 1990s.

After his cover was exposed, the spy turned to security consulting and speaking as a profession. He also disclosed how Donald Trump instantly recognized that Afghanistan’s war was a lost cause because of his many failing businesses.

He said that it had been a money-making scheme to fund US and Afghan corruption by the former president.

He also believes that Joe Biden was viewed by the Taliban as an ‘old grandfather’ who made grave tactical errors.

Aimen Dean, who was born in Saudi Arabia, warned British services of terror threats for eight years before his cover was blown by a US intelligence leak in 2006

Aimen Dean was born in Saudi Arabia and warned British forces of terrorist threats for eighteen years. His cover was exposed by an intelligence leak from the US in 2006.

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The most recent episode features Biden discussing the US withdrawal in Afghanistan as well as why his tactics proved so fatal.

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Aimen also agreed, adding: Trump realized it was a money-making scheme to corrupt US officials and Afghan officials. He thought “Let’s go take them out!”

Biden and Trump shared the same belief that military is a last resort, and that US taxpayers shouldn’t be spending their money on it.

“The difference between Trump and a bully is that he was willing to prove his power.”

“Biden” is like a grandpa to the Taliban. They thought that they wouldn’t drop the MOAB (Mother of All Bombs), on them since he was harmless.

Trump would have dropped MOABs several times on Taliban to get them out of the capital.

Aimen believes the Taliban saw Joe Biden as an 'old grandpa' who made serious tactical errors.

Aimen thinks the Taliban saw Joe Biden, Aimen says, as an “old grandpa” who committed serious tactical mistakes.

“And the Taliban will have respected that act of force. Arabic says that Biden would give more to the cat if he could.

“He committed an error by immediately stating that he would review the Trump peace agreement.

Mike Pompeo understood what he meant when he declared that he wanted to withdraw around May.

The Mujahideen, who are seasonal and join in the summer but leave during winter, swell their ranks. The Taliban’s winter performance is just 25%.

“Only about may mobilization begins – they won’t have enough people if they withdraw in May.

Aimen  has revealed how he met a 'dishevelled' Osama Bin Laden (pictured) six years before 9/11 and would never have been able to predict how a 'bunch of refugees would calculate the deadliest terror attack in world history'.

Aimen  has revealed how he met a ‘dishevelled’ Osama Bin Laden (pictured) six years before 9/11 and would never have been able to predict how a ‘bunch of refugees would calculate the deadliest terror attack in world history’.

The al-Qaeda operative who spied for the British before Time magazine blew his cover:  Who is Aimen Dean?  

Aimen Dean, born Abu al-Abbas, was brought up in  Saudi Arabia.

The idea that there was opposition to Soviet occupation of Afghanistan during his childhood, in the 1980s, was popular.  

He was just 15 when  Yugoslavia broke up and Serb nationalist began their genocide on  Bosnian Muslims.

When his friend Khalid al-Hajj (who later to become the leader of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia) set off to join the  mujahideen he joined him.

Following his combat in Bosnia, he was summoned to Kandahar (Afghanistan) to sign the Oath to Osama Ben Laden.

A religious genius, he was capable of reciting the Qu’ran as early as 12 years of age. It was his duty to instruct al-Qaeda recruits, many of them from Yemen, in Islamic theology basics.

This showed that jihadists had different motives than he. 

Al-Qaeda bombed a training camp while he was there In 1998, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi were the most affected. Twelve Americans were killed, more than 5,000 people were injured, and 240 others were hurt. 

“That is where the terror of it all began to sink. Then I realized, if this was just the beginning of the war, then where’s the next target. Argentina, South Africa, Mozambique? Were we to confront the Americans in Africa? This just doesn’t make any sense. He had previously spoken to BBC Four.

Aged 20, he made contact with British intelligence and, from 1999 onwards, secretly worked for MI5 and MI6 as an undercover agent — one of just a handful actually operating inside Bin Laden’s organisation.   

He stopped the suicide bombings, as well as poisoning civilians during his spying time. 

British intelligence also provided British intelligence about a device intended for chemical attacks on New York’s subway.   

All the while, using the code name ‘Lawrence’ (after Lawrence of Arabia), he passed on information stored in his photographic memory — about routes, camps, personnel, bank accounts, networks and even Bin Laden’s private phone number.

The intelligence services were left with nothing but gold as they tried to catch up to a menace they had only recently begun to understand in the last decade of the 20th Century.

He was still monitoring sinister activity — now more urgently than ever — when, the following year, that leaked disclosure in the American Press unmasked him and abruptly ended his undercover career.

A fatwa inevitably followed — any one of the faithful was licensed to kill him — and is apparently still in force.

He is now a consultant in anti-terrorist issues, and he has gotten married.

He retains his faith, following what he calls ‘an Islam of private contemplation, spiritual reflection and study’.

He continued to explain how Biden’s claim that they’ll wait until September 11 means the army is fully prepared. If they’d arrived in May, there’d have been a lot fewer soldiers.

Aimen, a teenager, joined the Bosnian mujahideen. Afghanistan where Bin Laden personally pledged allegiance.

But he started to doubt his cause when he noticed a psychopathic blood lust in some of his combatants that was unrelated to his own Islamic texts and to his understanding of Islam’s compassion. 

He was finally crushed by the 1998 attack on Kenya’s American Embassy that saw suicide bombers kill more than 200 people.

He made contact with British intelligence and, from 1999 onwards, secretly worked for MI5 and MI6 as an undercover agent — one of just a handful actually operating inside Bin Laden’s organisation.    

«In 1996 when [Bin Laden] landed in Afghanistan from Sudan, we went to meet him,’ he explains on the podcast to Thomas.

We were about a quarter of a mile from him, and it was only 25 minutes away.

He looked like a refugee. Many people see a neat turban, nice robes, well ironed clothes with  no crease.

“That’sn’t Osama Bin Laden. That’s someone I knew in August 1996. So did his followers. He appeared like a refugee.

He was in a compound along with another Afghan warlord. 

“When we sat together, there was 14 of us. He wanted to know if anybody from Saudi Arabia was nearby.

‘He was telling us how god  brought him from Afghanistan to Sudan and I thought: “Isn’t it because you were stabbed in the back in Sudan”?’ 

Aimen shared the story of Bin Laden’s first conversation about Islamic prophecy. He also explained that they had plans to liberate all cities in the world.

“He was bewildered at our suggestion. He could read people so well. He explained. 

“If they were as you saw them in 1996 you wouldn’t have imagined that five years later, this group of refugees would make history in the world and plan for the greatest attack on humanity.”

Aimen did not know about the plot to attack 9/11, but he said that he saw it in London’s Regent’s Street and knew immediately who the perpetrators.  

“When I first saw that the World Trade Centre had been targeted, I was certain who was most likely to be responsible.

‘Within thirty minutes, my MI6 handler phoned me and said that he would stay in London, book hotel rooms, as it was going be a long weekend.

Thomas asked him how he knew of the plot and he replied: “It comes down the fact that when I went back to Afghanistan, 1998, I started spying on al-Qaeda.

“In 1999, my duties were limited to the operations and development WMDs.   

“It was tightly controlled. The process and the planning. Each operative was trained at separate camps. Three of them were my acquaintances.

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