Remember Khobar Towers

(Wall Street Journal) - former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh Iran's terrorist leaders are well versed in "martyrdom operations" against Americans. On June 25, 1996, Iran attacked America at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, exploding a huge truck bomb that devastated Khobar Towers, murdered 19 U.S. airmen, and wounded 400. While the attack was staged by Saudi Hizballah members, the entire operation was planned, funded, and coordinated by Iran's security services, the IRGC and MOIS, acting on orders from the highest levels of the regime in Tehran. The FBI recommended a criminal indictment that would identify Iran as the sponsor of the Khobar bombing. The Clinton administration refused to support a prosecution. In February 2001, working with exactly the same evidence, the case was presented to a grand jury. On June 21, 2001, only four days before some of the terrorist charges would have become barred by the five-year statute of limitations, the grand jury indicted 13 Hizballah terrorists for the Khobar attack and identified Iran as the sponsor.

2003-05-21 00:00:00

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