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International Islamic Front bombed US embassies - Afternoon Despatch & Courier

Posted By Krishnakant Udavant (kkant@bom2.vsnl.net.in)
August 10, 1998

Title: International Islamic Front bombed US embassies
Date: August 10, 1998
Publication: Afternoon Despatch & Courier

Jihad against Washington

An Islamic umbrella group presided over by Saudi dissident Ossama
Bin Laden resolved to hit US interests worldwide in a June
meeting in Pakistan, a London-based Islamic faction has said.

The Friday bombings of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es
Salaam were "probably led by militants from the International
Islamic Front' following this agreement in Peshawar, a spokesman
for the AI-Muhajirun (the exiled) group said.

Bin Laden, a Saudi millionaire stripped of his nationality in
1994 for bankrolling terrorism, has repeatedly called for attacks
on both civilian and military American targets from his hideout
in Afghanistan.

Those who attended the Peshawar meeting decided to "hit American
interests throughout the world in order to pressure the United
States into withdrawing their forces from the Gulf region and
lift the embargo on Iraq," the spokesman said.

The International Islamic Front, a loose coalition founded in
Saudi Arabia in August 1990, includes Egypt's Jihad and Jamaa
Islamiya armed groups, Jordan's Mohammad's Army, Kashmir's Ansar
Movement and several other factions, including AI-Muhajirun.

The Islamic group which claimed responsibility for bomb attacks
on the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, has issued a
list of demands calling for US forces to leave Saudi Arabia and
for the release of detained Islamic militants.

It also called for an end to US support for Israel and denounced
the "economic sanctions' imposed on certain Muslim countries.

In communiqu=E9s sent to Radio France International, copies of
which were obtained by AFP's Cairo bureau, the Islamic group said
it would 'pursue US forces and strike at US interests everywhere
until its demands are satisfied".

The hitherto unknown group justified its 'jihad" against
Washington by the "occupation of the, holy places in the Arabian
peninsula Where US forces are close to the AI-Agasa mosque."

The group said it had taken inspiration from fatwas from
contemporary Muslim theologians including Sheikh Omar Abdel-

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