25 September, 2020

The Man Who Shook Washington

AS American sleuths and counter-terrorism experts combed the debris for clues and evidence in Nairobi

The Man Who Shook Washington
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AS American sleuths and counter-terrorism experts combed the debris for clues and evidence in Nairobi and Dares Salaam after the one-two-punch bomb blasts that shook the Clinton administration's foreign and national security apparatus, one name has been elevated to Viagran heights as the prime suspect in the blasts—Osama Bin Laden.

No evidence has been authoritatively offered that Osama Bin Laden, a maverick, if not renegade, Saudi multimillionaire, is directly linked to the August 7 bombing 450 miles apart in Kenya and Tanzania. But counter-terrorism experts generally lean toward a consensus that the one-time Afghan war hero is perhaps the mastermind of the ghastly explosions that left several dead, including two Indian Americans who served in the US foreign service.

The state department has pinpointed Bin Laden as a major bankroller of what it calls Islamic extremism, and is Washington's prime suspect in a 1995 car bombing in Riyadh that killed five Americans as well as a June 1996 attack on a military housing complex near...

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