|At War With America |
At War With America
By Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service.
Washington D.C. -- (AFPS) September 21, 2001 -- The president and other senior U.S. government officials believe Osama bin Laden and his associates masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks against America. They are suspected of being responsible for many more.
Bin Laden's current protectors, the ruling Islamic fundamentalist Taliban movement in Afghanistan, continue to refuse to extradite him to answer for numerous crimes he is accused of committing. Bin Laden and his organization are suspected of playing a role in the following assaults and incidents against Americans in the past decade:
- In May, four men connected to bin Laden's network were convicted by a U.S. jury of plotting the Aug. 7, 1998, bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. That attack killed 224 people.
- The New York World Trade Center was attacked before. On Feb. 26, 1993, a bomb went off in the center, killing six people and injuring 1,000.
- Five U.S. service members were killed Nov. 13, 1995, in Saudi Arabia by a car bombing.
- Nineteen service members were killed and 400 were wounded June 25, 1996, when a car bomb exploded just outside the Khobar Towers apartment complex in Saudi Arabia.
- A terrorist was captured trying to enter the United States from the Canadian border in the Pacific Northwest in late 1999 just before the millennium celebration. The alleged target: Los Angeles International Airport.
- On Oct. 12, 2000, a small boat containing a suicide bomber pulled up alongside the destroyer USS Cole anchored in the port of Aden, Yemen. The bomb blew a hole in the Cole, killing 17 sailors and wounding 39.
Bin Laden denies involvement with the attacks, including the Sept. 11 hijackings and assaults in New York and Washington.