1,296. 8/20/1998

Counterterrorism czar “Richard Clarke was the official…who told the Washington Post that the U.S. government was ‘sure’ Iraq was behind the VX [nerve gas] precursor produced at the al Shifa factory [in Khartoum, Sudan] destroyed [on August 20, 1998] in response to the [August 7] 1998 al Qaeda attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa. ‘Clarke said U.S. intelligence does not know how much of the substance was produced at al Shifa or what happened to it,’ wrote Post reporter Vernon Loeb, in an article published January 23, 1999. ‘But he said that intelligence exists linking bin Laden to al Shifa’s current and past operators, the Iraqi nerve gas experts, and the National Islamic Front in Sudan.’ ”

 – Stephen F. Hayes, The Connection, Page 181

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