August 21, 1998
by Daniel L. Muñoz Sr.
Being a sanctuary for terrorist groups today turned into a costly business. U.S. officials, after investigations, determined that the bombings of U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam were carried out by groups associated with the terrorist organization The World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders, an organization financed by Osama bin Laden, a Saudi millionaire. Air strikes were carried out around 1:30pm EDT, August 20.
In announcing the air strikes, General Hugh Shelton of the U. Joint Chiefs of Staff said;" One strike was in the Sudanese capitol of Khartoum and six in Afghanistan, 96 miles south of Kabul." U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen said " We had convincing evidence these groups played the key role in the bombings"
"We have struck back", said President Clinton, who cut short his vacation to return to Washington D.C. "The attacks were carried out against a terrorist base in Afghanistan and a chemical weapons facility in Sudan. Let there be no doubt, that America will protect its citizens", said the President in his telecast.
During the terrorist attacks 257 people were killed and more than 5,000 were injured. The majority of those killed were citizens of Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, Kenya and Tanzania.
Further strikes have not been ruled out against centers of terrorism. Local information was not available on whether any local aircraft carriers were involved in the strikes.