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Bush to unveil terrorist 'Most Wanted' list

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President Bush will unveil the new 'most wanted' list Wednesday.  


By John King
CNN White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- CNN has learned that President Bush will travel to FBI headquarters Wednesday to unveil a terrorism "most wanted" list that includes not only Osama bin Laden and some of his top allies but those believed responsible for other terrorist strikes, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1996 bombing of the Al Khobar Towers apartment complex in Saudi Arabia that was serving as a U.S. military barracks.

Officials said the list would include nearly 20 names, including suspects in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The sources declined to provide the full list in advance, but they said it included bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, as well as several suspects in the Kenya and Tanzania bombings already named in U.S. court filings.

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The officials said Bush would use the event to reiterate his case that the war on terrorism goes well beyond targeting bin Laden and his al Qaeda organization and its base of operations in Afghanistan.

Bush also made that point Tuesday during a conversation with reporters after an Oval Office meeting with German Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder. Bush said the two had agreed to remain steadfast allies "in a broad coalition that is determined to rout out terrorism where it may exist, to not only bring the al Qaeda organization to justice, but to declare a broad campaign against terrorists and terrorism all over the world."

The unveiling of the "most wanted" list comes two days after the administration notified the United Nations it reserves the right to strike targets in other nations beyond Afghanistan in its campaign against terrorism.

U.S. officials described that notification as routine, but they also have noted the president himself has promised to target states that harbor terrorists if they do not change their ways and join and/or support the U.S.-led effort.



 
 
 
 



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