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On June 25, 1996, a terrorist truck bomb exploded outside the northern perimeter of Khobar Towers, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, a facility housing U.S. and allied forces supporting the coalition air operation over Iraq, Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. 

This was a brutal and cowardly terrorist attack on a multi-national peacekeeping force leaving 19 dead and hundreds injured. These peacekeepers were enforcing United Nations sanctions and the dead and injured represent citizens from several nations. Peace in our time can only be assured in a world free from terrorism and the loss of innocent lives.

Estimates of the size of the bomb range from the equivalent of 3,000 to more than 30,000 pounds of TNT. The Task Force estimated that the bomb was between 3,000 and 8,000 pounds, most likely about 5,000 pounds. While U.S. Air Force Security Police observers on the roof of the building overlooking the perimeter identified the attack in progress and alerted many occupants to the threat, evacuation was incomplete when the bomb exploded. Nineteen fatalities and approximately 500 U.S. wounded resulted from the attack. The perpetrators escaped.

The United States Government will pay for information leading to the arrest or conviction, in any country, of those persons committing acts of terrorism against U.S. citizens, military or civilian. A reward of up to $4 million will be paid to any person who furnishes such information. The U.S. Government will also provide for the protection of identity and the possibility of relocation for persons and their families who contribute such information.

Persons wishing to report information about the bombing of the Khobar Towers facility, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; other terrorist attacks; or the planning of future terrorist attacks; should contact the authorities or the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. In the U.S., contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation or call Diplomatic Security at 1-800-HEROES-1. Persons with information may also write:


P.O. Box 96781
Washington, D.C. 20090-6781


Voice: 1-800-HEROES-1




The U.S. Department of State offers substantial rewards for information preventing acts of international terrorism against United States persons or property, or leading to the arrest or conviction of terrorist criminals responsible for such acts. The reward level is up to $4 million when U.S. civil aviation is targeted by terrorists.

The Counter-Terrorism Rewards Program was established by the 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism, Public Law 98-533. Under the Rewards Program, cooperating individuals and their immediate family members may be relocated to the U.S., or elsewhere, and they are assured complete confidentiality. Rewards, totaling millions of dollars, have been paid in dozens of cases. Innocent lives have been saved and terrorists put behind bars.

**Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, T*A*P*S, Home Page**

Some other links of interest:
U.S. Department of Justice
Air Force Link - Official web site of the United States Air Force


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