updated 3/24/2004 2:25:04 PM ET 2004-03-24T19:25:04

Preliminary findings about U.S. diplomatic and military efforts regarding terrorism before Sept. 11, 2001, contained in statements issued Tuesday and Wednesday by the staff of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States:

  • Following the unsuccessful Aug. 20, 1998, missile strikes against bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders, senior military officials and policymakers placed great emphasis on “actionable intelligence” as the key factor in recommending or deciding to launch military action against bin Laden and his organization.

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