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Tuesday, July 6, 1999 Published at 17:17 GMT 18:17 UK


World: Americas

President Clinton sanctions on Afghan leadership


President Clinton has imposed trade and financial sanctions against the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan.

The move is in retaliation for what Washington says is the Taliban's support for the alleged international terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. White House officials say the measures will deepen the international isolation of the Taliban and limit its ability to support terrorist networks.

A British newspaper reported at the weekend that the Saudi-born Bin Laden was living near the Afghan city of Jalalabad.

The United States accuses him of masterminding the the bombings of its embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam last year.

More than two hundred people were killed in the attacks.

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