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August 7, 1998: U.S. Embassies In Kenya And Tanzania

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This chapter talks about the terrorist bombings at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998. In both cities, two vehicles were involved one truck carrying a heavy bomb, and another vehicle acting as a scout and control. Despite political violence and corruption, Kenya was seen as a relatively safe harbor within East Africa. Although Kenya was noted in foreign newspapers for having become a haven for Islamic militants, and the State Department did rate Nairobi a medium on its threat scale, it was because of political violence and not the threat of terrorism. The top levels of the Administration were more concerned about domestic political battles in 1998 than with combating terrorism. In 1998 both Congress and the President were so focused on the Whitewater investigation that they could not focus on potential threats abroad.

Keywords: East Africa; Islamic militants; Kenya; political violence; Tanzania; terrorism; U.S. embassies; Whitewater investigation



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