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Bridge to the 21st Century The Clinton and Bush II years By then the United States had already experienced an attack by Muslim extremists. In  February 1993, a huge car bomb was exploded in an underground parking garage  beneath one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. The blast  killed seven people and injured nearly a thousand, but it failed to bring down the huge  building with its thousands of workers. New York and federal authorities treated it as a  criminal act, apprehended four of the plotters, and obtained life prison sentences for  them. Subsequent plots to blow up traffic tunnels, public buildings, and even the United  Nations were all discovered and dealt with in a similar fashion. Possible foreign terrorism was nonetheless overshadowed by domestic terrorism,  primarily the Oklahoma City bombing. The work of right-wing extremists Timothy 
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Unformatted text preview: McVeigh and Terry Nichols, it killed 166 and injured hundreds, a far greater toll than the 1993 Trade Center attack. But on June 25, 1996, another huge bomb exploded at the Khobar Towers U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 and wounding 515. A federal grand jury indicted 13 Saudis and one Lebanese man for the attack, but Saudi Arabia ruled out any extraditions. Two years later, on August 7, 1998, powerful bombs exploding simultaneously destroyed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 301 people and injuring more than 5,000. In retaliation Clinton ordered missile attacks on terrorist training camps run by bin Laden in Afghanistan, but they appear to have been deserted. He also ordered a missile strike to destroy a suspect chemical factory in Sudan, a country which earlier had given sanctuary to bin Laden....
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  • Fall '10
  • PIETRZAK
  • Saudi Arabia, trade center, Khobar Towers U.S., underground parking garage, huge car bomb, Possible foreign terrorism

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