McGuire and Bin Laden impressions in 1998 vs. now

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CHASING MARIS Mark McGuire smashes two more home runs - #50 & #51 • Sports, Page IB FRIDAY Vol. 85, No. 166 Copyright 1998 CLUTE City tables decision on tourism tug of war • County, Page 2A BONNIE Hurricane strength could be reached by Saturday • Headlines, Page 8A Facts Covering Brazoria County - Where Texas Began 'Our target was terror' Clinton orders missile strikes on terrorist camps By ROBERT BURNS Associated Press t {WASHINGTON — Retaliating 13 days after flie deadly embassy bombings in East Africa, U.S. forces launched cruise missile strikes against alleged terrorist camps in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan on Thursday. "Our target was terror," President Clinton declared. ; «In ah address from the Oval Office after interrupting interrupting his vacation to return to Washington, Clinton said he acted to "counter an immediate threat" of more terrorist acts. tt"Let our actions today send this message loud arid clear: There are no expendable American targets. targets. There will be no sanctuary for terrorists," Clinton said. He said the attack's timing was based on U.S. intelligence that a "gathering of key terrorist leaders" leaders" was planned Thursday at the site in Afghanistan. He called the site "one of the most active terrorist bases in the world." Clinton said the facilities attacked were linked to Osama bin Laden, a Saudi millionaire whom Clinton called the "preeminent organizer and financier of international terrorism in the world today." He said groups affiliated with bin Laden were behind the Aug. 7 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 200 people, including 12 Americans. According to a spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban rulers, bin Laden was unharmed in Thursday's attack. National security adviser Samuel Berger said U.S. officials were not targeting bin Laden and ; were unsure of his fate. "We. have no, idea of bin Laden's whereabouts or whether he was in the camp at that time," Berger said. Reflecting worry about possible retaliation against targets inside the United States, Berger told reporters the FBI had issued an alert to "all local law enforcement officials about the heightened heightened degree of concern" they should have for terrorist terrorist attacks. The Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory prohibiting domestic carriers from flying over the two countries. Foreign carriers with code- sharing agreements with U.S. carriers also cannot take passengers with a U.S.-issued ticket over the affected air space as well. Some U.S. airports with international flights also implemented more stringent security measures measures in the wake of the military strikes. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport added foot patrols, more canine units for bomb sniffing and more tow trucks to remove unattended vehicles. At United Nations headquarters in New York, Ambassador Bill Richardson informed the Security Council that the United States acted in self-defense, in accord with the U.N. charter. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Thursday's air strikes were part of an ongoing fight against terrorism and that Americans should not think it will be easily won. "It is part of a long-term battle against terrorism, terrorism, terrorists who have, in fact, declared war on us," Albright said. A federal grand jury and the FBI field office in New York have been investigating bin Laden's role in at least three terrorist attacks or plots, offi- See STRIKES, Page 7A Image from Sudanese television shows protesters outside U.S. Embassy in Khartoum early today. phojo AP phofo «*»llMMt +n»>+ ei+ae President Clinton ordered StrikfiSfterrorist 8108 nst terrorist srtes in Afg^isto and Sudan. The U.S. State'Bepartmerrt's annual report on global terrorism, released in April, listed both Sudan and Afghanistan as refuges for international terrorist groups. Kabul O AFGHANISTAN AFGHANISTAN Positive reaction in Capitol By MICHELLE BOORSTEIN Associated Press Many of President Clinton's severest critics cast aside their differences differences over his Monica Lewinsky confession and rallied behind Thursday's attack on terrorist terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan. Texans reacts to strike Page 5A In the first test of the impact of Clinton's Lewinsky testimony just three days before, a few questioned questioned whether it was a Wag the Dog maneuver to divert attention from the White House sex scandal. Others, however, said it was important to show a nation united against terrorism if divided on the president's personal life. "Sooner or later, terrorists around the world will realize that See REACTION, Page 7A AUGUST 21, 1998 Clute, Texas 7 7 531 50C X \ '*' iff Osama bin Laden Sponsor of terror ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — It wasn't unusual to find wealthy Saudis on the periphery of the Afghan struggle against the Soviet Union. They'd arrive in Afghan refugee camps, open briefcases full of cash, and distribute dollars dollars to war widows and wounded veterans. Osama bin Laden was unusual. The son of a Saudi construction magnate went into the rugged Afghan mountains to fight, gaining a reputation for bravery and determination. He used his millions to buy bulldozers to gouge guerrilla trails in the heart of Afghanistan, and to bring in, by his count, thousands of Egyptians, Lebanese, Turks and others to join their Afghan Muslim brothers in the struggle against an ideology that spurned religion. Nine years after the Soviets retreated from Afghanistan, terrorism experts say bin Laden is using his millions to fund attacks against the United States like, perhaps, the Aug. 7 twin bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that killed 257 people. Veterans of the pan-Muslim army bin Laden raised to fight the Soviets remain loyal to the tall, robed figure some call a hero. The U.S. State Department calls him "one of the most significant sponsors of Islamic extremist activities in the world today." Throughout the 1980s, the United States and bin Laden were on the same side against the now-collapsed Soviet state. Bin Laden made no secret that he saw secular, powerful Washington as much an infidel as Moscow. But his first priority was Moscow, which invaded invaded Afghanistan to prop up a communist government government in December, 1979. The few outsiders who have met bin Laden describe him as modest. He is believed to be in his late 40s, and to have at least three wives. In a series of fatwas, or religious edicts, faxed to the outside world from his hideout in Afghanistan, bin Laden has laid out his case against the United States: its soldiers protecting protecting oil in his homeland are desecrating Muslim holy sites with their very presence; its power has emasculated Arab countries, turning them into client states; its friend is Israel. "We — with God's help — call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it," read a February fatwa.

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