August 28, 1998 |
In the early months of 1996, agents working in the windowless white cubbyholes of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center made a strategic decision. A joint CIA-FBI investigation into the misdeeds of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef had uncovered a treasure of unexpected data about someone the agents concluded was even more dangerous. His name was Osama bin Laden.
May 16, 2001 |
A federal jury in New York ended its third full day of deliberations in the case against four Osama bin Laden followers charged in a plot to kill Americans that included the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Bin Laden is believed to be the mastermind behind the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam bombings that killed 224 people. Before leaving for the day, jurors asked for evidence involving Ali Mohamed, a former U.S.
January 24, 2001 |
A Saudi on trial in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa asked a judge in a closed hearing in New York to throw out his confession, arguing in court papers that American interrogators threatened to hang him "like a dog" if he did not cooperate. Federal prosecutors say Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali admitted hurling a stun grenade at a guard outside the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, just before a bomb exploded, killing more than 200 people.
April 13, 2001 |
A federal judge refused to drop charges against four Osama bin Laden followers accused in the Saudi dissident's plot to kill Americans but did dismiss allegations that two of them were linked to the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania. The rulings by U.S. District Judge Leonard Sand mean defense lawyers will begin their presentation, expected to last about three weeks, as soon as Monday. The government presented more than 80 witnesses over about two months.
July 13, 1999 |
Two Egyptian men suspected of conspiring with Osama bin Laden in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were given away by their fingerprints, a prosecutor said as the two made their first appearance in a London court. The fingerprints of Ibrahim Hussein Abdel Hadi Eidarous, 42, and Adel Mohammed Abdul Almagid Bary, 39, were found on originals of faxes that claimed responsibility for the bombings, the prosecution said.
September 22, 1998 |
An Egyptian and a Tanzanian escorted into a courtroom under heavy guard were charged with murder in connection with the Aug. 7 U.S. Embassy bombing in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam. If convicted, they will be hanged. Egyptian Mustafa Mahmoud Said Ahmed and Tanzanian Rashid Saleh Hemed were each charged with 11 counts of murder. No bail was allowed. A trial date will be set Oct. 5.
August 8, 1998 |
The two African nations where U.S. embassies were bombed have had good relations with the United States and seemed unlikely places for terrorist attacks. Kenya and Tanzania find themselves caught up in an investigation to determine the source and motivation for the dual bombings Friday that killed scores of people and injured more than 1,700.
September 8, 1998 |
Africans have been dying this summer on the battlefields of Congo. They have been dying at the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province and in simmering conflicts in Angola, Burundi, Guinea-Bissau, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. It took South African President Nelson Mandela, the continent's premier statesman, two weeks just to get Africa's leaders to sit at the same table to talk peace in Congo.
August 29, 1998 |
A second suspect in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya has admitted he belonged to a terrorist organization headed by exiled Saudi extremist Osama bin Laden, according to an FBI complaint unsealed Friday, and has accepted responsibility for the loss of life in the blast. Mohammed Saddiq Odeh denied that he was directly involved in the Aug. 7 explosion and in the almost simultaneous bombing of the American Embassy in Tanzania.
February 21, 2000 |
U.S. officials have intelligence information that connects a bomb plot foiled just before New Year's Day to Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden's terrorist network, sources familiar with the investigation said Sunday.