GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
May 1996: Islamic fundamentalist Osama bin Laden is welcomed by the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan.

Hailed as a hero for his involvement against the Soviets in the 1980s, the Islamic militia in power offers Osama bin Laden support and safety within Afghan borders. From 1991 to 1996, prior to accepting the Taliban's invitation, bin Laden had been in Sudan, from which he was expelled in 1996 under pressure from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

PBS Looking for Answers: Interviews: Nabeel Musawi /shows/terrorism/interviews/musawi .html

Nabeel Musawi, an Iraqi dissident, talks to Frontline about his belief in an intelligence connection between Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and Iraq.

PBS United States Tries to Define Its Enemy /visearch?user=pbs-ww&template=template .html&squery=VideoAsset:pbswwr091801

Fringe militant Islamic groups present a challenging, enigmatic target for the U.S.