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26 September 2001

Text: State Department Says Chechen Rebels Have Ties to Bin Laden

(Question taken at 9/25/01 Daily Press Briefing) (110)
Following is the text of the State Department Spokesman's response to
a question taken at the September 25 Daily Press Briefing:
(begin text)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
September 25, 2001
Question Taken at 9/25/01 Daily Press Briefing
CHECHNYA AND BIN LADIN TIES
Question: Do the Chechen rebels have ties to Al-Qaida?
Answer: Yes. As the Department said in the "Patterns of Global
Terrorism" Report (April 2000, page 31), bin Ladin's Al-Qaida
organization has sent trainers to various parts of the world,
including Chechnya.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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