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This is the damning 70-point dossier released by the Government yesterday linking bin Laden and al-Qaeda to the attacks on New York and Washington


The clear conclusions reached by the Government are:

Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, the terrorist network which he heads, planned and carried out the atrocities on 11 September 2001;

Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda retain the will and resources to carry out further atrocities;

The United Kingdom, and United Kingdom nationals are potential targets; and

Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda were able to commit these atrocities because of their close alliance with the Taliban regime, which allowed them to operate with impunity in pursuing their terrorist activity.

2 The material in respect of 1998 and the USS Cole comes from indictments and intelligence sources. The material in respect of 11 September comes from intelligence and the criminal investigation to date. The details of some aspects cannot be given, but the facts are clear from the intelligence.

3 The document does not contain the totality of the material known to HMG, given the continuing and absolute need to protect intelligence sources.


The relevant facts show:


Al-Qaeda is a terrorist organisation with ties to a global network, which has been in existence for over 10 years. It was founded, and has been led at all times, by Osama bin Laden.

Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been engaged in a jihad against the United States, and its allies. One of their stated aims is the murder of US citizens, and attacks on America's allies.

Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda have been based in Afghanistan since 1996, but have a network of operations throughout the world. The network includes training camps, warehouses, communication facilities and commercial operations able to raise significant sums of money to support its activity. …