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Fact Sheet: U.S. Strike on Facilities in Afghanistan and Sudan
As released by the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State, August 21, 1998

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The facilities the U.S. attacked on August 20, 1998 were central to the bin Ladin network's ability to conduct acts of terror around the world.

The three terrorist training bases at Khost, Afghanistan are used by a number of groups associated with the bin Ladin network. The bases provide refuge for terrorists and house the infrastructure for their funding and international travel, and for training them in tactics and in the assembly and use of a wide variety of weapons. Several of these groups housed in these bases are known foreign terrorist organizations and have conducted a variety of terrorist operations around the world. These terrorist organizations look to the bin Ladin network bases at Khost to obtain inspiration, training, and financing for their acts of terror around the world.

Additionally, the U.S. has reliable intelligence that the bin Ladin network has been actively seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction -- including chemical weapons -- for use against United States interests. Therefore, the U.S. also attacked one facility in Sudan associated with chemical weapons and the bin Ladin network. This facility is located within a secured chemical plant in the northeast Khartoum area. U.S. intelligence over the past few months has indicated that the bin Ladin network has been actively seeking to acquire chemical weapons for use against United States interests. Bin Ladin has extensive ties to the Sudanese Government and its industrial sector. The U.S. is confident this Sudanese Government-controlled facility is involved in the production of chemical weapons agents.

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