Friday, September 19, 2003

"bin Laden and al Qaeda forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in Sudan and with representatives of the Government of Iran and its associated terrorist group Hezballah with the goal of working together against their common enemies in the West, particularly the United States.

'In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the Government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq,'"

---State Department press release from November 4, 1998, on the indictments of Osama bin Laden and Muhammad Atef for the bombings of the US Embassies in Africa.

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