As a response to the Iraqi attempt to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush in April 1993, President Bill Clinton ordered a retaliatory attack against Saddam. On June 26, 1993, "twenty-three tomahawk cruise missiles streaked across the skies of southern Iraq toward Baghdad. Their mission: to lay waste the headquarters of the Iraqi Mukhabarat, Saddam Hussein's feared intelligence service. It was after midnight in Baghdad and the target was deserted."
– Losing Bin Laden, Richard Miniter, 6/26/1993
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