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US charges one suspect in bombing

Prior Coverage
Missile strike strains fragile US-Pakistan tie

Terror figure's family has benign ties in US

Bomb kills 1, hurts 25 at Cape Town eatery

Japan cult may have used agent found in Sudan

Heightened security signals wariness of terror

Taliban report vow by Saudi tied to blasts

Arab League calls missile attacks "blatant violation"

Assets frozen
US targets terrorist wealth

Detainees speak
3 reportedly tell of embassy plot

Prepared to die
At rally, Sudan leader invokes holy war

Flashpoints Elsewhere
The other US foreign-policy hurdles

Hardening Policy
US adopts Israeli tactics

Local Response
Wagging dog? Fine, some say

News Analysis
A hectic period that left a lasting skepticism

Vacation Redux
Clinton flies back to his haven on Vineyard

Afghans, Sudanese denounce attacks

US responses to terrorism

Saudi exile vows 'war' on US

Security levels raised across US

US calls terrorists' losses significant

Security at monument is tightened

Pakistan multinational staff says they feel threatened

Egypt says it not involved in strikes on Sudan

Sudanese mob British embassy in Khartoum

Reports dull success of strikes

Arab world enraged by attacks

Pakistan says missile didn't land on soil

Most Americans approve of Clinton's decision

More than 70 protest in Boston

Angry Sudanese storm embassy

Security tight in NY, Boston

US hits "terrorist facilities" in Afghanistan, Sudan

At home, timing of move appears suspect to some

Rapid retaliation departure for US

Allies back US strikes

With 2d address, a different Clinton

Friends register backing; foes, fury

The weapon
Tomahawk missiles' accuracy is improved

Religious zeal supplanting politics as motive

An attack project born amid turmoil

Quick, need rewrite! A vacation hiatus surprises press

Culture of cynicism makes comparisons to movie inevitable

The right response to terrorists

With 2d address, a different Clinton

Elusive Saudi main suspect in US bomb probe

The Air Strikes


The attack on Sudan

The attack on Afghanistan

Out Front
(Associated Press)

"Islamic Int'l" now in sights of a superpower

Prominent Arab militants from Afghanistan

Militancy has many names

From the CIA


President Clinton

Military leaders

Impoverished, remote, but long a favorite of warriors

By The Associated Press

Afghanistan has long been a second home to Osama bin-Laden, the Islamic militant whose followers were the target of U.S. air strikes Thursday.

It was a natural choice: a remote mountainous nation in the embrace of fundamentalist Islam, and a place where the Saudi-born bin Laden, armed with a hefty checkbook and an AK-47, made his name as a protector of the faith.

War has torn the central Asian nation since 1979, when Soviet troops invaded to oust one leftist leader, replace him with another and touch off popular resistance among traditionalist, anti-communist Afghans, whose forces were aided by thousands of like-minded Arabs, including bin Laden, who flocked to the battlefront.

In 1989, a beleaguered Soviet Union finally withdrew its troops from Afghanistan, and three years later the Moscow-allied government collapsed under pressure from Islamic rebel forces.

Because of ethnic and other quarrels, the victorious rebels soon fell to fighting among themselves, in a sporadic war that now appears near its end with a final triumph for the extreme fundamentalists of the Taliban movement.

Wedged between the Indian subcontinent, the Russian realm, China and Iran, the Afghan valleys have for centuries been an Asian crossroads of trade and conquest.

Afghanistan's 24 million people are among the world's poorest, millions eking out a living - when cease-fires allow - by farming and raising sheep and goats. Its paltry exports include handwoven carpets, some gems, fruits and nuts.

At the height of the war, one-third of the population had fled the country.

Afghanistan, in size slightly smaller than Texas, is believed to be the world's second-largest producer of illicit opium and is a major source of hashish.


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