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Sunday, August 23, 1998 Published at 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK


Libya accuses US

Colonel Gaddafi: US were wrong to bomb

The Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has accused the US of training Osama bin Laden, the man it suspects of bombing their embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

He said US intelligence services trained Osama bin Laden for war in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union.


Listen to Colonel Gaddafi's speech (in Arabic)
Colonel Gaddafi said camps blown up by the US in Afghanistan were ones they had originally created.

He also criticised the missile strikes against Afghanistan, which the US says were targeted on Osama bin Laden's terrorist training camps, and a Sudanese factory suspected of being involved in the production of chemical weapons.

The attacks would be seen as an attempt to divert attention from the "immoral scandal" of the Monica Lewinsky affair, he said.

Bad advice

Colonel Gaddafi said: "If he [Clinton] was strong and confident in himself he would not have done this, even if military strikes were necessary, in circumstances like this.


[ image: Osama bin Laden: Made in America?]
Osama bin Laden: Made in America?
"His advisers should have advised him not to commit such an act, as it would be interpreted in the world as an attempt to cover up the immoral scandal.

"Moreover, bin Laden, whom they provided with missiles, who made him? America made him.

"The American intelligence service created bin Laden. They built camps for him.

"Who trained bin Laden? It is the American intelligence who trained him in Peshawar in Afghanistan. The camps they hit were their camps, the camps of American intelligence."

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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