Bomb Attack In Saudi Arabia: Hearings Before The Committee On Armed Services, U.s. Senate

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Strom Thurmond
DIANE Publishing, 1998 - 154 pages
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A hearing on the circumstances & consequences of a terrorist bomb attack on the Khobar Towers in Dhahram, Saudi Arabia, on June 25, 1996. The attack resulted in the deaths of 19 U.S. servicemen & injuries to 550 others, including 250 Americans. Covers: the extent to which it was recognized that U.S. military personnel housed in the Khobar Towers were vulnerable to a terrorist attack, the degree to which any concerns were made known up the chain of command, the measures that were taken to meet the threats that were identified & why safeguards that might have thwarted such an attack or minimized casualties were not in place.

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