Monday, December 19, 2011

On December 19

On this day in ...
... 2000, the U.N. Security Council,

Deploring the fact that the Taliban continues to provide safehaven to Usama bin Laden and to allow him and others associated with him to operate a network of terrorist training camps from Taliban-controlled territory and to use Afghanistan as a base from which to sponsor international terrorist operations,


Noting the indictment of Usama bin Laden and his associates by the United States of America for, inter alia, the 7 August 1998 bombings of the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and for conspiring to kill American nationals outside the United States, and noting also the request of the United States of America to the Taliban to surrender them for trial,

among other enumerated concerns about Afghanistan, enacted Resolution 1333 on the situation in Afghanistan. (photo credit) The resolution invoked the Council's coercive powers under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, and demanded both that Afghanistan shut down terrorist training camps and "turn over Usama bin Laden to appropriate authorities." It did not, and 9/11 would occurr fewer than 9 months later.

(Prior December 19 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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