Revealed: The Lessons of Khobar Towers

	U.S. and Saudi law enforcement and military personnel lay parts of vehicles and debris on plastic sheets as they gather evidence and search for clues on June 29, 1996, leading to the identity of the terrorists who set off the explosion of a fuel truck outside the northern fence of the Khobar Towers complex near King Abdul Aziz Air Base, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  The explosion at 2:55 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 25, 1996, killed 19 and injured over 260.  The building housed U.S. military personnel and served as the headquarters for the U.S. Air Force's 4404th Wing (Provisional), Southwest Asia.  DoD photo by Senior Airman Sean Worrell, U.S. Air Force.

by Paul R. Pillar Saudi Arabia reportedly has taken custody of Ahmed al-Mughassil, accused of being a central figure in the truck bombing at Khobar Towers in eastern Saudi Arabia in 1996 in which 19 American airmen died. The report… Continue Reading  

Intervention in Libya, and It Wasn’t American


by Paul Pillar Last week the United Arab Emirates, aided by Egypt, conducted airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya. The targeted forces are among the contestants in the surging turmoil and civil warfare in Libya. The airstrikes do not appear… Continue Reading  

Clueless in Cairo


How Egypt’s Generals Sidelined Uncle Sam by Dilip Hiro Since September 11, 2001, Washington’s policies in the Middle East have proven a grim imperial comedy of errors and increasingly a spectacle of how a superpower is sidelined. In this drama, barely… Continue Reading