Following the African embassy bombings on August 7, 1998, “Michael A. Sheehan, the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator, urged the Clinton administration to step up efforts to persuade Afghanistan and its neighbors to cut off financing to bin Laden and end the sanctuary and support being offered to Al Qaeda.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – James Risen and Judith Miller, “Pakistani Intelligence Had Links to Al Qaeda, U.S. Officials Say,” The New York Times, Oct. 29, 2001