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Overview The issue of international terrorism is one that has engulfed the global community With terrorism on the increase we have seen that its importance has increased Whether domestic or international in nature terrorism is having an ever-increasing impact upon the international community The United States has fallen victim to acts of terrorism recently most notably the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City OK and the 1998 bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania Upon investigation it was revealed that the embassy bombings were linked to Osama Bin Laden a former Saudi Arabian National whose excessive bank accounts fund a worldwide terrorist operation Further investigation revealed that Bin Laden was living in Afghanistan in a camp protected by his own 200-man private army and a sub-unit of the Taliban a quasi-religious organization operating within Afghanistans borders MSNBC 101299 The United States backed by other nations who have had terrorist attacks related to Bin Laden appealed to the United Nations Security Council to call for the extradition of Osama Bin Laden for trial In response to the request the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1267 on October 15 1999 The resolution called for sanctions to be placed on Afghanistan effective November 14 1999 unless the Taliban turned over suspected terrorist Osama Bin Laden to the appropriate authorities Bin Laden is currently a suspect in financing terrorist activities in nation-states such as Algeria Jordan Egypt Israel Kenya and even the United States of America Worldwide intelligence networks have been attempting to maintain constant surveillance of him in order to help deter further acts However he is still free protected by the Taliban who share many of the same fundamentalist beliefs with him International Law has established several procedures for the extradition and trial of international terrorists Currently there are eleven documents of international law which address the issue states responsibility for combating terrorism USIA Feb 1999
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