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Unformatted text preview: n Laden found friends in Sudan’s radical government formed under the influence of Hasan al Turabi Bin Laden and Turabi formed a helpful alliance: Turabi served as the philosopher while bin Laden provided the organizational skills Declaring War on the United States Declaring December 1992 A bomb exploded in a hotel in Yemen that had been housing American troops It was the opening shot in bin Laden’s war against the United States and an international campaign of terror Declaring War on the United States Declaring Financing al Qaeda In the 1980s, terrorism was frequently associated with a particular state Bin Laden transcended from the state and operated on his own Shahar argues that bin Laden’s entrepreneurial efforts gave him the freedom to finance and command the al Qaeda terror network The 9­11 Commission Report believes bin Laden was and remains funded by wealthy sympathizers Declaring War on the United States Declaring 1993 Using his contacts in Sudan, bin Laden began searching for weapons of mass destruction In October 1993, a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter was downed Declaring War on the United States Declaring Bin Laden and assassination attempts In 1993, bin Laden’s Afghans tried to murder Prince Abdullah (now King Abdullah) of Jordan In 1995, U.S. sources believe bin Laden was behind the attempted assassination of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak Declaring War on the United States Declaring The evolving nature of the al Qaeda campaign The actions of al Qaeda were not the result of a mastermind terrorist pulling the strings, but rather a loose confederation of like­minded people who had limited interactions Individual Jihadist operators took actions within the aura of al Qaeda Declaration of War Bi...
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