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Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir (Arabic: عمر حسن أحمد البشير, born January 1, 1944) was the President of Sudan from June 30, 1989 to October 20, 2001. He is best known for allowing the sanctury of the infamous terrorist group Al Qaeda, who were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. The United States then launched an invasion of Sudan on October 7, 2001 in response to the attacks. On October 20, 2001, coalition forces entered Sudanese capital of Khartoum and stormed the Republican Palace where President al-Bashir and the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, had been during the attack. The two men were immediately apprehended and were put on trial.