19-Year Manhunt Is Over

19-Year Manhunt Is Over

On June 25, 1996, a truck bomb exploded in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing 19 Americans and wounding 372 more. The bombing took place in an 8-story dormitory for U.S. Air Force personnel known as the Khobar Towers. The report of the bomber’s capture is at page 9A of the Raleigh News & Observer (“N&O”) dated August 27, 2015, written by Aya Batrawy and Ken Dilanian of the Associated Press.

Ahmed al-Mughassil, Saudi Hezbollah mastermind of the bombing, was arrested in Beirut and transferred to Riyadh, ending an almost 2-decade manhunt in which the FBI offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

Al-Mughassil, also known as Abu Omran, was named in an indictment issued in Alexandria, VA, along with 14 others. The charges include murder of federal employees and bombing resulting in death.

The Khobar Towers bombing was the deadliest attack on U.S. forces since the bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut in 1983 that killed 241 American servicemen.

When I read this article I cheered that another terrorist was caught, but was not happy that the story was buried on page 9A. I may yet let the N&O know that this story should have had much more visibility – front page! In my opinion, this story is much more important than Trump’s latest harrangue, Hillary’s email, a new factory in Johnston County, etc…….

Just sayin’, as they say…….


4 thoughts on “19-Year Manhunt Is Over

  1. Einar –

    I agree with you and so does my younger son, a member of the FBI’s Counter Terrorism Task Force and the Charlotte Swat Team.



  2. Agreed, Joe! Unfortunately… pop culture model/priorities rule in reporting the news these days.

    Continued blessings,

    Jim Riedle, ’57


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