August 1998 News

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US Strikes at Terrorist Bases in Afghanistan and Sudan

20th August 1998

Washington: US President Bill Clinton on Thursday said that armed forces had carried out strikes against "terrorist related facilities" in Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation for the recent bombing in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salam. A Pentagon briefing said that seven places have been attacked in afghanistan. Clinton said he would provide more information after being briefed by members of his national security staff in Washington. Clinton broke off his vacation in Massachusetts, to return to the capital for that briefing.

"Today, I ordered our Armed Forces to strike at terrorist-related facilities in Afghanistan and Sudan because of the threat they present to our national security," Clinton told reporters. Clinton said he ordered the strikes on the two targets because: There was "convincing evidence" that the groups being attacked were involved in the embassy bombings. Eleven Americans were killing in the twin bombings in Africa. "Today we have struck back," Clinton was quoted as saying. The president said the US struck a terrorist base in Afghanistan and a chemical weapons facility in Sudan.


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