1,151. 4/17/1998

Former CIA analyst Bruce Riedel wrote: “On April 17 [1998] he [U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson] and I flew into Kabul [Afghanistan]… He pressed for a meeting with Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar to discuss handing Osama bin Laden over to the Saudis before he could carry out his threats to attack Americans. The Taliban refused either to arrange a meeting with Omar or to turn over bin Laden, whom they called their ‘guest.’ “

 – Bruce Riedel, Deadly Embrace, Page 50

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