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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
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Prepared to die
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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

U.S. has long blamed Sudan for harboring terrorists

By The Associated Press, 08/20/98

Sudan, the largest country in Africa, is also one of the continent's poorest. It has been bogged down in a 15-year civil war in the south that has left 1.5 million people dead from the fighting and ensuing famines.

Ever since the country's independence in 1956, the country repeatedly has been torn by dissension between the south - largely African, Christian and animist - and the Arab and Muslim north.

The current Islamic government, which took power in a 1989 coup, has been clear in its hostility toward Washington.

``America incarnates the devil for Muslims,'' Hassan Turabi, Sudan's Islamic leader, told The Associated Press in an interview last year. ``When I say Muslims, I mean all the Muslims in the world.''

Turabi is believed to be the power behind the government of President Omar Hassan el-Bashir.

Osama bin Laden, a Saudi millionaire whom U.S. officials call a major sponsor of international terrorism, spent about four years in Sudan. He left in 1995 after Western countries pressured the government to force him out. Bin Laden returned to Afghanistan, where he was a leader in the Muslim fight against Soviet domination of the country.

There are reports Sudan also has sheltered pro-Iranian groups and Islamic militants fighting the secular regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Sudan has been on Washington's list of states sponsoring terrorism since 1993. Washington has frozen Sudanese assets in the United States, blocked trade with Sudan and banned U.S. investments in the country in an effort to limit the government's power.

The United States cut all but humanitarian aid to Sudan in 1989.


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