Chapter 8: Modern Day Terrorists Ishmaelites Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden began his terror network in Saudi Arabia making him the first international Ishmaelite terrorist. Bin Laden named his group al Qaeda which in Arabic means “the base.” It is formed primarily of mujahedeen, meaning holy warriors, and others fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. Osama began his jihad with the goals of uniting Sunni Muslims against Israel into an Islamic caliphate and drawing the United States, the Great Satan into the battle. To that end he succeeded. On February 26, 1993, a 500-kilogram bomb exploded in a garage under World Trade Center in New York, killing six and injuring 1,042. In 1996, to forward his goal, al Qaeda detonated a truck bomb against U.S. occupied forces in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 Americans. For the next six years Bin Laden’s reign of terror went unchecked by then US President Bill Clinton as bombs were exploded in Sudan and Afghanistan before hitting U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing more than 231 people and injuring 5,000. Bill Clinton ordered air strikes against suspected al Qaeda training camps in Sudan and Afghanistan while it is debated in
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