In 1989, the US sent weaponry to an al Qaeda rebel named Osama bin Laden
U.S. Is Reported to Send Arms To Revive Afghan Rebels’ Drive
By ROBERT PEAR, Special to The New York Times
Published: July 17, 1989
American officials said today that the United States was sending new mine-clearing equipment, missiles, mortars, artillery shells and other weapons to the Afghan guerrillas in the hope that they could regain momentum in fighting Afghan Government troops.
The Government forces have recently taken back several areas that had been under guerrilla control near the key city of Jalalabad.
The officials said the shipments were a response to the Soviet Union’s decision to step up arms deliveries to the Afghan Government.