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Osama bin Laden holds press conference

Public Address
Part of East African Embassy Bombings

Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Means of CommunicationPress conference
LocationZawar Kili, Near Khost, Paktia, Afghanistan
Issued May 26, 19981
ParticipantsOsama bin Laden (Speaker) 1, Mohammed Atef1, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali1, Ayman al-Zawahiri2
Narrative and Notes (Reliable)According to CNN, which obtained a tape of the press conference, only a few select Pakistani journalists, and one Chinese journalist, were allowed to attend. During the press conference, Osama bin Laden again calls for the killing of Americans.
Ayman al-Zawahiri says more than 20,000 Americans in Egypt are working for the CIA.1,2
Narrative and Notes (Possible)The "blink sheikh" Abd al-Rahman's two sons were present at the press conference.2

Sources and Notes

1Indictment, United States versus Osama bin Laden et al, Nov. 4, 1998.
2CNN, Aug. 20, 2002.

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