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Al Qaeda Is Now Suspected in 1996 Bombing of Barracks

In June 1996, a truck bombing killed 19 Americans at the Khobar Towers barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Iran was initially blamed for that attack, with American officials initially saying that at least some Iranian government officials were behind the bombing plot. In June 2001, a United States federal grand jury charged 13 Saudis and a Lebanese man in the bombing, and the indictment implicated Iranian officials, although none were identified or charged. The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Saudi Arabia. In June 2002, Saudi Arabian officials said the kingdom had sentenced some of the people it had arrested for the bombing, but did not say how many, nor specify what the sentences were. Subsequent investigations conducted by intelligence agencies in the United States have shown that representatives of Mr. bin Laden contacted agents working for Iranian intelligence in the mid-1990’s in an attempt to cultivate an anti-American terrorism alliance. Full Story

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