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American counterterrorism experts have been hunting Osama bin Laden for years. They have spent millions of dollars, countless man-hours and considerable diplomatic capital in order to track down the mastermind blamed, indirectly or directly, for terrorist incidents ranging from last fall’s suicide attack on the USS Cole to the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa. Last week CIA Director George Tenet told the Senate Intelligence Committee that bin Laden’s global terror network is “the most immediate and serious threat” to U.S. national security.
Newsweek February 19, 2001
"But terrorism increasingly is an amateur affair. The number of state-sponsored terrorist incidents declined from 73 in 1988 to 10 in 1994, according to Britain’s Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. Such wealthy private individuals as the Saudi exile Osama Bin Ladin also bankroll Islamic fundamentalism."
—First mention of OBL in Newsweek- August 26, 1996