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U.S. to Air bin Laden Evidence

Sunday, 23 September 2001 12:00 AM

"In the near future, we'll be able to put out on paper a document, that will describe quite clearly the evidence that we have linking him to this attack," Powell told NBC television.

"I am absolutely convinced that the al Qaida network, which he heads, was responsible for this attack," Powell said of bin Laden, who is believed to still be in Afghanistan under the protection of the ruling Taliban militia.

Powell, speaking on NBC's Meet The Press, also said there was "no show-stopper" stemming from lack of cooperation from Saudi Arabia, despite reports that Saudi officials were reluctant to allow the administration to use a key air base there for possible operations against Afghanistan.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Powell had tried to convince the Saudis to reverse their ten year policy on prohibiting U.S. access to their command and control air bases. But Powell called the article "inaccurate," insisting he had never made such a request.

On the contrary, the Saudis, according to Powell, have agreed to all U.S. requests so far for assistance. On Thursday, U.S. officials presented a delegation from Riyadh with a list o f Saudi bank accounts linked to bin-Laden's terror network.

President George W. Bush has demanded that the Taliban hand over bin Laden and his al Qaida lieutenants for their alleged roles in the four suicide hijackings on Sept. 11, now feared to have killed more than 6,000 people.

But the Taliban leadership in Kabul have so far refused to turn over the Saudi-born millionaire fugutive, saying they want proof of bin Laden's culpability.

Taliban religious leaders met last week and said they needed proof he was involved in the attacks that leveled the World Trade Center towers and damaged the Pentagon, before they would co-operate with the United States.

The White House dismissed the Taliban's demands for proof against bin Laden when they first emerged from the Afghan capital Kabul as U.S. pressure mounted.

But others, including some U.S. allies, have since also asked to see evidence of bin Laden's involvement such as Pakistan who has sent a delegation already to Afghanistan to persuade the Taliban to hand bin-Laden over to the United States.

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