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Osama bin Laden
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Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden is the leading suspect in bombings at American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In a series of fatwas, or religious edicts, faxed to the outside world from his hideout in Afghanistan, bin Laden called for attacks on the United States and Israel and is believed by officials to have had militants in place in Somalia, Sudan and Kenya.

Profiles
Bomb Suspect Has Been a Target
(The Washington Post, Aug. 13)
Bin Laden Unified Terrorist Organizations
(The Washington Post, Aug. 23)
Letter From Sudan
(The Washington Post, Aug. 27)
Bin Laden's Past
(The Associated Press, Aug. 20)

Background
Band of Influence
Groups associated with Bin Laden
Timeline

Related Links:
State Department overview of state-sponsored terrorism, including a profile of Osama bin Laden

Testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee for African Affairs in 1997 on U.S. policy toward terrorism in Sudan by:

  • Kenneth R. McKune, Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism
  • George E. Moose, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs


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