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In this Arabic name, the family name is bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_3

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Osama bin Laden

أسامة بن لادنOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_0_0

1st General Emir of al-QaedaOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_1_0
Preceded byOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_2_0 Position createdOsama bin Laden_cell_0_2_1
Succeeded byOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_3_0 Ayman al-ZawahiriOsama bin Laden_cell_0_3_1
Personal detailsOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_4_0
BornOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_5_0 Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Ladin

(1957-03-10)March 10, 1957 Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaOsama bin Laden_cell_0_5_1

DiedOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_6_0 May 2, 2011(2011-05-02) (aged 54)

Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PakistanOsama bin Laden_cell_0_6_1

Cause of deathOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_7_0 Gunshot woundOsama bin Laden_cell_0_7_1
CitizenshipOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_8_0 Saudi Arabian (1957–1994)

Stateless (1994–2011)Osama bin Laden_cell_0_8_1

HeightOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_9_0 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)Osama bin Laden_cell_0_9_1
Spouse(s)Osama bin Laden_header_cell_0_10_0 Najwa Ghanhem

​ ​(m. 1974; div. 2001)​

Khadijah Sharif ​ ​(m. 1983; div. 1990)​

Khairiah Sabar ​(m. 1985)​

Siham Sabar ​(m. 1987)​

Amal Ahmed al-Sadah ​(m. 2000)​Osama bin Laden_cell_0_10_1

ChildrenOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_11_0 20–26; including Abdallah, Saad, Omar, and HamzaOsama bin Laden_cell_0_11_1
ReligionOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_12_0 Islam (Wahhabism/Salafism)Osama bin Laden_cell_0_12_1
Military serviceOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_13_0
AllegianceOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_14_0 Maktab al-Khidamat (1984–1988)
Al-Qaeda (1988–2011)Osama bin Laden_cell_0_14_1
Years of serviceOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_15_0 1984–2011Osama bin Laden_cell_0_15_1
RankOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_16_0 General Emir of al-QaedaOsama bin Laden_cell_0_16_1
Battles/warsOsama bin Laden_header_cell_0_17_0 Soviet War

Global War on TerrorismOsama bin Laden_cell_0_17_1

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden /oʊˈsɑːmə bɪn ˈlɑːdən/ (Arabic: أسامة بن محمد بن عوض بن لادن‎, Usāmah bin Muḥammad bin Awaḍ bin Lādin; March 10, 1957 – May 2, 2011), also rendered Usama bin Ladin, was a founder of the pan-Islamic militant organization al-Qaeda, designated as a terrorist group by the United Nations Security Council, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union, and various countries. Osama bin Laden_sentence_4

He was a Saudi Arabian citizen until 1994 (stateless thereafter) and a member of the wealthy bin Laden family. Osama bin Laden_sentence_5

Bin Laden's father was Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, a Saudi millionaire from Hadhramaut, Yemen, and the founder of the construction company, Saudi Binladin Group. Osama bin Laden_sentence_6

His mother, Alia Ghanem, was from a secular middle-class family in Latakia, Syria. Osama bin Laden_sentence_7

He was born in Saudi Arabia and studied at university in the country until 1979, when he joined Mujahideen forces in Pakistan fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_8

He helped to fund the Mujahideen by funneling arms, money, and fighters from the Arab world into Afghanistan, and gained popularity among many Arabs. Osama bin Laden_sentence_9

In 1988, he formed al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden_sentence_10

He was banished from Saudi Arabia in 1992, and shifted his base to Sudan, until U.S. pressure forced him to leave Sudan in 1996. Osama bin Laden_sentence_11

After establishing a new base in Afghanistan, he declared a war against the United States, initiating a series of bombings and related attacks. Osama bin Laden_sentence_12

Bin Laden was on the American Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) lists of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Most Wanted Terrorists for his involvement in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings. Osama bin Laden_sentence_13

Bin Laden is most well known for his role in masterminding the September 11 attacks, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 and prompted the United States to initiate the War on Terror. Osama bin Laden_sentence_14

He subsequently became the subject of a decade-long international manhunt. Osama bin Laden_sentence_15

From 2001 to 2011, bin Laden was a major target of the United States, as the FBI offered a $25 million bounty in their search for him. Osama bin Laden_sentence_16

On May 2, 2011, bin Laden was shot and killed by US Navy SEALs inside a private residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he lived with a local family from Waziristan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_17

The covert operation was conducted by members of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL Team Six) and Central Intelligence Agency SAD/SOG operators on the orders of U.S. President Barack Obama. Osama bin Laden_sentence_18

Under his leadership, the al-Qaeda organization was responsible for, in addition to the September 11 attacks in the United States, many other mass-casualty attacks worldwide. Osama bin Laden_sentence_19

Name Osama bin Laden_section_0

Further information: Romanization of Arabic Osama bin Laden_sentence_20

There is no universally accepted standard for transliterating Arabic words and Arabic names into English; however, bin Laden's name is most frequently rendered "Osama bin Laden". Osama bin Laden_sentence_21

The FBI and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as well as other U.S. governmental agencies, have used either "Usama bin Laden" or "Usama bin Ladin". Osama bin Laden_sentence_22

Less common renderings include "Ussamah bin Ladin" and, in the French-language media, "Oussama ben Laden". Osama bin Laden_sentence_23

Other spellings include "Binladen" or, as used by his family in the West, "Binladin". Osama bin Laden_sentence_24

The decapitalization of bin is based on the convention of leaving short prepositions, articles, and patronymics uncapitalized in surnames; the nasab bin means "son of". Osama bin Laden_sentence_25

The spellings with o and e come from a Persian-influenced pronunciation also used in Afghanistan, where bin Laden spent many years. Osama bin Laden_sentence_26

Osama bin Laden's full name, Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, means "Osama, son of Mohammed, son of Awad, son of Laden". Osama bin Laden_sentence_27

"Mohammed" refers to bin Laden's father Mohammed bin Laden; "Awad" refers to his grandfather, Awad bin Aboud bin Laden, a Kindite Hadhrami tribesman; "Laden" refers not to bin Laden's great-grandfather, who was named Aboud, but to Aboud's father, Laden Ali al-Qahtani. Osama bin Laden_sentence_28

The Arabic linguistic convention would be to refer to him as "Osama" or "Osama bin Laden", not "bin Laden" alone, as "bin Laden" is a patronymic, not a surname in the Western manner. Osama bin Laden_sentence_29

According to bin Laden's son Omar bin Laden, the family's hereditary surname is "al-Qahtani" (Arabic: القحطاني‎, āl-Qaḥṭānī), but bin Laden's father, Mohammed bin Laden, never officially registered the name. Osama bin Laden_sentence_30

Osama bin Laden had also assumed the kunyah "Abū 'Abdāllāh" ("father of Abdallah"). Osama bin Laden_sentence_31

His admirers have referred to him by several nicknames, including the "Prince" or "Emir" (الأمير, al-Amīr), the "Sheik" (الشيخ, aš-Šaykh), the "Jihadist Sheik" or "Sheik al-Mujahid" (شيخ المجاهد, Šaykh al-Mujāhid), "Hajj" (حج, Ḥajj), and the "Director". Osama bin Laden_sentence_32

The word usāmah (أسامة) means "lion", earning him the nicknames "Lion" and "Lion Sheik". Osama bin Laden_sentence_33

Early life and education Osama bin Laden_section_1

Main article: Personal life of Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden_sentence_34

See also: Bin Laden family Osama bin Laden_sentence_35

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a son of Yemeni Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, a billionaire construction magnate with close ties to the Saudi royal family, and Mohammed bin Laden's tenth wife, Syrian Hamida al-Attas (then called Alia Ghanem). Osama bin Laden_sentence_36

In a 1998 interview, bin Laden gave his birth date as March 10, 1957. Osama bin Laden_sentence_37

Mohammed bin Laden divorced Hamida soon after Osama bin Laden was born. Osama bin Laden_sentence_38

Mohammed recommended Hamida to Mohammed al-Attas, an associate. Osama bin Laden_sentence_39

Al-Attas married Hamida in the late 1950s or early 1960s, and they are still together. Osama bin Laden_sentence_40

The couple had four children, and bin Laden lived in the new household with three half-brothers and one half-sister. Osama bin Laden_sentence_41

The bin Laden family made $5 billion in the construction industry, of which Osama later inherited around $25–30 million. Osama bin Laden_sentence_42

Bin Laden was raised as a devout Sunni Muslim. Osama bin Laden_sentence_43

From 1968 to 1976, he attended the elite secular Al-Thager Model School. Osama bin Laden_sentence_44

He studied economics and business administration at King Abdulaziz University. Osama bin Laden_sentence_45

Some reports suggest he earned a degree in civil engineering in 1979, or a degree in public administration in 1981. Osama bin Laden_sentence_46

Bin Laden was an attendant at an English-language course in Oxford, England during 1971. Osama bin Laden_sentence_47

One source described him as "hard working"; another said he left university during his third year without completing a college degree. Osama bin Laden_sentence_48

At university, bin Laden's main interest was religion, where he was involved in both "interpreting the Quran and jihad" and charitable work. Osama bin Laden_sentence_49

Other interests included writing poetry; reading, with the works of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Charles de Gaulle said to be among his favorites; black stallions; and association football, in which he enjoyed playing at centre forward and followed the English club Arsenal. Osama bin Laden_sentence_50

Personal life Osama bin Laden_section_2

At age 17 in 1974, bin Laden married Najwa Ghanem at Latakia, Syria; they were separated before September 11, 2001. Osama bin Laden_sentence_51

Bin Laden's other known wives were Khadijah Sharif (married 1983, divorced 1990s); Khairiah Sabar (married 1985); Siham Sabar (married 1987); and Amal al-Sadah (married 2000). Osama bin Laden_sentence_52

Some sources also list a sixth wife, name unknown, whose marriage to bin Laden was annulled soon after the ceremony. Osama bin Laden_sentence_53

Bin Laden fathered between 20 and 26 children with his wives. Osama bin Laden_sentence_54

Many of bin Laden's children fled to Iran following the September 11 attacks and as of 2010, Iranian authorities reportedly continue to control their movements. Osama bin Laden_sentence_55

Nasser al-Bahri, who was bin Laden's personal bodyguard from 1997–2001, details bin Laden's personal life in his memoir. Osama bin Laden_sentence_56

He describes him as a frugal man and strict father, who enjoyed taking his large family on shooting trips and picnics in the desert. Osama bin Laden_sentence_57

Bin Laden's father Mohammed died in 1967 in an airplane crash in Saudi Arabia when his American pilot Jim Harrington misjudged a landing. Osama bin Laden_sentence_58

Bin Laden's eldest half-brother, Salem bin Laden, the subsequent head of the bin Laden family, was killed in 1988 near San Antonio, Texas, in the United States, when he accidentally flew a plane into power lines. Osama bin Laden_sentence_59

The FBI described bin Laden as an adult as tall and thin, between 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) and 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) in height and weighing about 73 kilograms (160 lb), although the author Lawrence Wright, in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book on al-Qaeda, The Looming Tower, writes that a number of bin Laden's close friends confirmed that reports of his height were greatly exaggerated, and that bin Laden was actually "just over 6 feet (1.8 m) tall". Osama bin Laden_sentence_60

Eventually, after his death, he was measured to be around 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in). Osama bin Laden_sentence_61

Bin Laden had an olive complexion and was left-handed, usually walking with a cane. Osama bin Laden_sentence_62

He wore a plain white keffiyeh. Osama bin Laden_sentence_63

Bin Laden had stopped wearing the traditional Saudi male keffiyeh and instead wore the traditional Yemeni male keffiyeh. Osama bin Laden_sentence_64

Bin Laden was described as soft-spoken and mild-mannered in demeanor. Osama bin Laden_sentence_65

Beliefs and ideology Osama bin Laden_section_3

Main article: Beliefs and ideology of Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden_sentence_66

A major component of bin Laden's ideology was the concept that civilians from enemy countries, including women and children, were legitimate targets for jihadists to kill. Osama bin Laden_sentence_67

According to former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer, who led the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader was motivated by a belief that U.S. Osama bin Laden_sentence_68 foreign policy has oppressed, killed, or otherwise harmed Muslims in the Middle East. Osama bin Laden_sentence_69

As such, the threat to U.S. national security arises not from al-Qaeda being offended by what America is but rather by what America does, or in the words of Scheuer, "They (al-Qaeda) hate us (Americans) for what we do, not who we are." Osama bin Laden_sentence_70

Nonetheless, bin Laden criticized the U.S. for its secular form of governance, calling upon Americans to convert to Islam and reject the immoral acts of , homosexuality, intoxicants, gambling, and usury, in a letter published in late 2002. Osama bin Laden_sentence_71

Bin Laden believed that the Islamic world was in crisis and that the complete restoration of Sharia law would be the only way to set things right in the Muslim world. Osama bin Laden_sentence_72

He opposed such alternatives as secular government, as well as pan-Arabism, socialism, communism, and democracy. Osama bin Laden_sentence_73

He subscribed to the Athari (literalist) school of Islamic theology. Osama bin Laden_sentence_74

These beliefs, in conjunction with violent jihad, have sometimes been called Qutbism after being promoted by Sayyid Qutb. Osama bin Laden_sentence_75

Bin Laden believed that Afghanistan, under the rule of Mullah Omar's Taliban, was "the only Islamic country" in the Muslim world. Osama bin Laden_sentence_76

Bin Laden consistently dwelt on the need for violent jihad to right what he believed were injustices against Muslims perpetrated by the United States and sometimes by other non-Muslim states. Osama bin Laden_sentence_77

He also called for the elimination of Israel, and called upon the United States to withdraw all of its civilians and military personnel from the Middle East, as well as from every Islamic country of the world. Osama bin Laden_sentence_78

His viewpoints and methods of achieving them had led to him being designated as a terrorist by scholars, journalists from The New York Times, the BBC, and Qatari news station Al Jazeera, analysts such as Peter Bergen, Michael Scheuer, Marc Sageman, and Bruce Hoffman. Osama bin Laden_sentence_79

He was indicted on terrorism charges by law enforcement agencies in Madrid, New York City, and Tripoli. Osama bin Laden_sentence_80

In 1997, he condemned the United States for its hypocrisy in not labeling the bombing of Hiroshima as terrorism. Osama bin Laden_sentence_81

In November 2001, he maintained that the revenge killing of Americans was justified because he claimed that Islamic law allows believers to attack invaders even when the enemy uses human shields. Osama bin Laden_sentence_82

However, according to Rodenbeck, "this classical position was originally intended as a legal justification for the accidental killings of civilians under very limited circumstances — not as a basis for the intentional targeting of noncombatants." Osama bin Laden_sentence_83

A few months later in a 2002 letter, he made no mention of this justification but claimed "that since the United States is a democracy, all citizens bear responsibility for its government's actions, and civilians are therefore fair targets." Osama bin Laden_sentence_84

Bin Laden's overall strategy for achieving his goals against much larger enemies such as the Soviet Union and United States was to lure them into a long war of attrition in Muslim countries, attracting large numbers of jihadists who would never surrender. Osama bin Laden_sentence_85

He believed this would lead to economic collapse of the enemy countries, by "bleeding" them dry. Osama bin Laden_sentence_86

Al-Qaeda manuals express this strategy. Osama bin Laden_sentence_87

In a 2004 tape broadcast by Al Jazeera, bin Laden spoke of "bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy". Osama bin Laden_sentence_88

A number of errors and inconsistencies in bin Laden's arguments have been alleged by authors such as Max Rodenbeck and Noah Feldman. Osama bin Laden_sentence_89

He invoked democracy both as an example of the deceit and fraudulence of Western political system—American law being "the law of the rich and wealthy"—and as the reason civilians are responsible for their government's actions and so can be lawfully punished by death. Osama bin Laden_sentence_90

He denounced democracy as a "religion of ignorance" that violates Islam by issuing man-made laws, but in a later statement compares the Western democracy of Spain favorably to the Muslim world in which the ruler is accountable. Osama bin Laden_sentence_91

Rodenbeck states, "Evidently, [bin Laden] has never heard theological justifications for democracy, based on the notion that the will of the people must necessarily reflect the will of an all-knowing God." Osama bin Laden_sentence_92

Bin Laden was heavily anti-Semitic, stating that most of the negative events that occurred in the world were the direct result of Jewish actions. Osama bin Laden_sentence_93

In a December 1998 interview with Pakistani journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai, bin Laden stated that Operation Desert Fox was proof that Israeli Jews controlled the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom, directing them to kill as many Muslims as they could. Osama bin Laden_sentence_94

In a letter released in late 2002, he stated that Jews controlled the civilian media outlets, politics, and economic institutions of the United States. Osama bin Laden_sentence_95

In a May 1998 interview with ABC's John Miller, bin Laden stated that the Israeli state's ultimate goal was to annex the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East into its territory and enslave its peoples, as part of what he called a "Greater Israel". Osama bin Laden_sentence_96

He stated that Jews and Muslims could never get along and that war was "inevitable" between them, and further accused the U.S. of stirring up anti-Islamic sentiment. Osama bin Laden_sentence_97

He claimed that the U.S. Osama bin Laden_sentence_98 State Department and U.S. Osama bin Laden_sentence_99 Department of Defense were controlled by Jews, for the sole purpose of serving the Israeli state's goals. Osama bin Laden_sentence_100

He often delivered warnings against alleged Jewish conspiracies: "These Jews are masters of usury and leaders in treachery. Osama bin Laden_sentence_101

They will leave you nothing, either in this world or the next." Osama bin Laden_sentence_102

Shia Muslims have been listed along with heretics, America, and Israel as the four principal enemies of Islam at ideology classes of bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization. Osama bin Laden_sentence_103

Bin Laden was opposed to music on religious grounds, and his attitude towards technology was mixed. Osama bin Laden_sentence_104

He was interested in earth-moving machinery and genetic engineering of plants on the one hand, but rejected chilled water on the other. Osama bin Laden_sentence_105

Bin Laden also believed climate change to be a serious threat and penned a letter urging Americans to work with President Barack Obama to make a rational decision to "save humanity from the harmful gases that threaten its destiny". Osama bin Laden_sentence_106

Militant and political career Osama bin Laden_section_4

Main article: Militant activity of Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden_sentence_107

See also: Allegations of CIA assistance to Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden_sentence_108

Mujahideen in Afghanistan Osama bin Laden_section_5

After leaving college in 1979, bin Laden went to Pakistan, joined Abdullah Azzam and used money and machinery from his own construction company to help the Mujahideen resistance in the Soviet–Afghan War. Osama bin Laden_sentence_109

He later told a journalist: "I felt outraged that an injustice had been committed against the people of Afghanistan." Osama bin Laden_sentence_110

Under CIA's Operation Cyclone from 1979 to 1989, the United States and Saudi Arabia provided $40 billion worth of financial aid and weapons to almost 100,000 Mujahideen and Afghan Arabs from forty Muslim countries through Pakistan's ISI. Osama bin Laden_sentence_111

British journalist Jason Burke wrote that "He did not receive any direct funding or training from the US during the 1980s. Osama bin Laden_sentence_112

Nor did his followers. Osama bin Laden_sentence_113

The Afghan mujahideen, via Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency, received large amounts of both. Osama bin Laden_sentence_114

Some bled to the Arabs fighting the Soviets but nothing significant." Osama bin Laden_sentence_115

Bin Laden met and built relations with Hamid Gul, who was a three-star general in the Pakistani army and head of the ISI agency. Osama bin Laden_sentence_116

Although the United States provided the money and weapons, the training of militant groups was entirely done by the Pakistani Armed Forces and the ISI. Osama bin Laden_sentence_117

According to some CIA officers, beginning in early 1980, bin Laden acted as a liaison between the General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) and Afghan warlords, but no evidence of contact between the CIA and Bin Laden exists in the CIA archives. Osama bin Laden_sentence_118

By 1984, bin Laden and Azzam established Maktab al-Khidamat, which funneled money, arms, and fighters from around the Arab world into Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_119

Through al-Khadamat, bin Laden's inherited family fortune paid for air tickets and accommodation, paid for paperwork with Pakistani authorities and provided other such services for the jihadi fighters. Osama bin Laden_sentence_120

Bin Laden established camps inside Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan and trained volunteers from across the Muslim world to fight against the Soviet-backed regime, the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_121

Between 1986 and 1987, bin Laden set up a base in eastern Afghanistan for several dozen of his own Arab soldiers. Osama bin Laden_sentence_122

From this base, bin Laden participated in some combat activity against the Soviets, such as the Battle of Jaji in 1987. Osama bin Laden_sentence_123

Despite its little strategic significance, the battle was lionized in the mainstream Arab press. Osama bin Laden_sentence_124

It was during this time that he became idolised by many Arabs. Osama bin Laden_sentence_125

1988 Gilgit massacre Osama bin Laden_section_6

See also: 1988 Gilgit massacre Osama bin Laden_sentence_126

In May 1988, responding to rumours of a massacre of Sunnis by Shias, large numbers of Shias from in and around Gilgit, Pakistan were killed in a massacre. Osama bin Laden_sentence_127

Shia civilians were also subjected to rape. Osama bin Laden_sentence_128

The massacre is alleged by B. Osama bin Laden_sentence_129 Raman, a founder of India's Research and Analysis Wing, to have been in response to a revolt by the Shias of Gilgit during the rule of military dictator Zia-ul Haq. Osama bin Laden_sentence_130

He alleged that the Pakistan Army induced Osama bin Laden to lead an armed group of Sunni tribals, from Afghanistan and the North-West Frontier Province, into Gilgit and its surrounding areas to suppress the revolt. Osama bin Laden_sentence_131

Formation and structuring of al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden_section_7

Main article: Al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden_sentence_132

By 1988, bin Laden had split from Maktab al-Khidamat. Osama bin Laden_sentence_133

While Azzam acted as support for Afghan fighters, bin Laden wanted a more military role. Osama bin Laden_sentence_134

One of the main points leading to the split and the creation of al-Qaeda was Azzam's insistence that Arab fighters be integrated among the Afghan fighting groups instead of forming a separate fighting force. Osama bin Laden_sentence_135

Notes of a meeting of bin Laden and others on August 20, 1988 indicate that al-Qaeda was a formal group by that time: "Basically an organized Islamic faction, its goal is to lift the word of God, to make his religion victorious." Osama bin Laden_sentence_136

A list of requirements for membership itemized the following: listening ability, good manners, obedience, and making a pledge (bayat) to follow one's superiors. Osama bin Laden_sentence_137

According to Wright, the group's real name was not used in public pronouncements because its existence was still a closely held secret. Osama bin Laden_sentence_138

His research suggests that al-Qaeda was formed at an August 11, 1988, meeting between several senior leaders of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Abdullah Azzam, and bin Laden, where it was agreed to join bin Laden's money with the expertise of the Islamic Jihad organization and take up the jihadist cause elsewhere after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_139

Following the Soviet Union's withdrawal from Afghanistan in February 1989, Osama bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia as a hero of jihad. Osama bin Laden_sentence_140

Along with his Arab legion, he was thought to have brought down the mighty superpower of the Soviet Union. Osama bin Laden_sentence_141

After his return to Saudi Arabia, bin Laden engaged in opposition movements to the Saudi monarchy while working for his family business. Osama bin Laden_sentence_142

He was also angered by the internecine tribal fighting among the Afghans. Osama bin Laden_sentence_143

The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait under Saddam Hussein on August 2, 1990, put the Saudi kingdom and the royal family at risk. Osama bin Laden_sentence_144

With Iraqi forces on the Saudi border, Saddam's appeal to pan-Arabism was potentially inciting internal dissent. Osama bin Laden_sentence_145

Bin Laden met with King Fahd, and Saudi Defense Minister Sultan, telling them not to depend on non-Muslim assistance from the United States and others and offering to help defend Saudi Arabia with his Arab legion. Osama bin Laden_sentence_146

Bin Laden's offer was rebuffed, and the Saudi monarchy invited the deployment of U.S. forces in Saudi territory. Osama bin Laden_sentence_147

Bin Laden publicly denounced Saudi dependence on the U.S. Osama bin Laden_sentence_148 military, arguing the two holiest shrines of Islam, Mecca and Medina, the cities in which the Prophet Muhammad received and recited Allah's message, should only be defended by Muslims. Osama bin Laden_sentence_149

Bin Laden's criticism of the Saudi monarchy led them to try to silence him. Osama bin Laden_sentence_150

The U.S. 82nd Airborne Division landed in the north-eastern Saudi city of Dhahran and was deployed in the desert barely 400 miles from Medina. Osama bin Laden_sentence_151

Meanwhile, on November 8, 1990, the FBI raided the New Jersey home of El Sayyid Nosair, an associate of al-Qaeda operative Ali Mohamed. Osama bin Laden_sentence_152

They discovered copious evidence of terrorist plots, including plans to blow up New York City skyscrapers. Osama bin Laden_sentence_153

This marked the earliest discovery of al-Qaeda terrorist plans outside of Muslim countries. Osama bin Laden_sentence_154

Nosair was eventually convicted in connection to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and later admitted guilt for the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York City on November 5, 1990. Osama bin Laden_sentence_155

Move to Sudan Osama bin Laden_section_8

In 1991, bin Laden was expelled from Saudi Arabia by its regime after repeatedly criticizing the Saudi alliance with the United States. Osama bin Laden_sentence_156

He and his followers moved first to Afghanistan and then relocated to Sudan by 1992, in a deal brokered by Ali Mohamed. Osama bin Laden_sentence_157

Bin Laden's personal security detail consisted of bodyguards personally selected by him. Osama bin Laden_sentence_158

Their arsenal included SAM-7, Stinger missiles, AK-47s, RPGs, and PK machine guns. Osama bin Laden_sentence_159

Meanwhile, in March–April 1992, bin Laden tried to play a pacifying role in the escalating civil war in Afghanistan, by urging warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to join the other mujahideen leaders negotiating a coalition government instead of trying to conquer Kabul for himself. Osama bin Laden_sentence_160

U.S. intelligence monitored bin Laden in Sudan using operatives to run by daily and to photograph activities at his compound, and using an intelligence safe house and signals intelligence to surveil him and to record his moves. Osama bin Laden_sentence_161

Sudan and return to Afghanistan Osama bin Laden_section_9

In Sudan, bin Laden established a new base for Mujahideen operations in Khartoum. Osama bin Laden_sentence_162

He bought a house on Al-Mashtal Street in the affluent Al-Riyadh quarter and a retreat at Soba on the Blue Nile. Osama bin Laden_sentence_163

During his time in Sudan, he heavily invested in the infrastructure, in agriculture and businesses. Osama bin Laden_sentence_164

He was the Sudan agent for the British firm Hunting Surveys, and built roads using the same bulldozers he had employed to construct mountain tracks in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_165

Many of his labourers were the same fighters who had been his comrades in the war against the Soviet Union. Osama bin Laden_sentence_166

He was generous to the poor and popular with the people. Osama bin Laden_sentence_167

He continued to criticize King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. Osama bin Laden_sentence_168

In response, in 1994 Fahd stripped bin Laden of his Saudi citizenship and persuaded his family to cut off his $7 million a year stipend. Osama bin Laden_sentence_169

By that time, bin Laden was being linked with Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), which made up the core of al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden_sentence_170

In 1995 the EIJ attempted to assassinate the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Osama bin Laden_sentence_171

The attempt failed, and Sudan expelled the EIJ. Osama bin Laden_sentence_172

The U.S. State Department accused Sudan of being a sponsor of international terrorism and bin Laden of operating terrorist training camps in the Sudanese desert. Osama bin Laden_sentence_173

According to Sudan officials, however, this stance became obsolete as the Islamist political leader Hassan al-Turabi lost influence in their country. Osama bin Laden_sentence_174

The Sudanese wanted to engage with the U.S. but American officials refused to meet with them even after they had expelled bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_175

It was not until 2000 that the State Department authorized U.S. intelligence officials to visit Sudan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_176

The 9/11 Commission Report states: Osama bin Laden_sentence_177

The 9/11 Commission Report further states: Osama bin Laden_sentence_178

Due to the increasing pressure on Sudan from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United States, bin Laden was permitted to leave for a country of his choice. Osama bin Laden_sentence_179

He chose to return to Jalalabad, Afghanistan aboard a chartered flight on May 18, 1996; there he forged a close relationship with Mullah Mohammed Omar. Osama bin Laden_sentence_180

According to the 9/11 Commission, the expulsion from Sudan significantly weakened bin Laden and his organization. Osama bin Laden_sentence_181

Some African intelligence sources have argued that the expulsion left bin Laden without an option other than becoming a full-time radical, and that most of the 300 Afghan Arabs who left with him subsequently became terrorists. Osama bin Laden_sentence_182

Various sources report that bin Laden lost between $20 million and $300 million in Sudan; the government seized his construction equipment, and bin Laden was forced to liquidate his businesses, land, and even his horses. Osama bin Laden_sentence_183

In August 1996, bin Laden declared war against the United States. Osama bin Laden_sentence_184

Despite the assurance of President George H. W. Bush to King Fahd in 1990, that all U.S. forces based in Saudi Arabia would be withdrawn once the Iraqi threat had been dealt with, by 1996 the Americans were still there. Osama bin Laden_sentence_185

Bush cited the necessity of dealing with the remnants of Saddam's regime (which Bush had chosen not to destroy). Osama bin Laden_sentence_186

Bin Laden's view was that "the 'evils' of the Middle East arose from America's attempt to take over the region and from its support for Israel. Osama bin Laden_sentence_187

Saudi Arabia had been turned into an American colony". Osama bin Laden_sentence_188

He issued a fatwā against the United States, which was first published in Al-Quds Al-Arabi, a London-based newspaper. Osama bin Laden_sentence_189

It was entitled "Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places". Osama bin Laden_sentence_190

Saudi Arabia is sometimes called "The Land of the Two Holy Mosques" in reference to Mecca and Medina, the two holiest places in Islam. Osama bin Laden_sentence_191

The reference to occupation in the fatwā referred to US forces based in Saudi Arabia for the purpose of controlling air space in Iraq, known as Operation Southern Watch. Osama bin Laden_sentence_192

In Afghanistan, bin Laden and al-Qaeda raised money from donors from the days of the Soviet jihad, and from the Pakistani ISI to establish more training camps for Mujahideen fighters. Osama bin Laden_sentence_193

Bin Laden effectively took over Ariana Afghan Airlines, which ferried Islamic militants, arms, cash, and opium through the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, as well as provided false identifications to members of bin Laden's terrorist network. Osama bin Laden_sentence_194

The arms smuggler Viktor Bout helped to run the airline, maintaining planes and loading cargo. Osama bin Laden_sentence_195

Michael Scheuer, head of the CIA's bin Laden unit, concluded that Ariana was being used as a terrorist taxi service. Osama bin Laden_sentence_196

Early attacks and aid for attacks Osama bin Laden_section_10

It is believed that the first bombing attack involving bin Laden was the December 29, 1992, bombing of the Gold Mihor Hotel in Aden in which two people were killed. Osama bin Laden_sentence_197

It was after this bombing that al-Qaeda was reported to have developed its justification for the killing of innocent people. Osama bin Laden_sentence_198

According to a fatwa issued by Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, the killing of someone standing near the enemy is justified because any innocent bystander will find a proper reward in death, going to Jannah (paradise) if they were good Muslims and to Jahannam (hell) if they were bad or non-believers. Osama bin Laden_sentence_199

The fatwa was issued to al-Qaeda members but not the general public. Osama bin Laden_sentence_200

In the 1990s, bin Laden's al-Qaeda assisted jihadis financially and sometimes militarily in Algeria, Egypt, and Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_201

In 1992 or 1993, bin Laden sent an emissary, Qari el-Said, with $40,000 to Algeria to aid the Islamists and urge war rather than negotiation with the government. Osama bin Laden_sentence_202

Their advice was heeded. Osama bin Laden_sentence_203

The war that followed caused the deaths of 150,000–200,000 Algerians and ended with the Islamist surrender to the government. Osama bin Laden_sentence_204

In January 1996, the CIA launched a new unit of its Counterterrorism Center (CTC) called Bin Laden Issue Station, code-named "Alec Station", to track and to carry out operations against Bin Laden's activities. Osama bin Laden_sentence_205

Bin Laden Issue Station was headed by Michael Scheuer, a veteran of the Islamic Extremism Branch of the CTC. Osama bin Laden_sentence_206

Late 1990s attacks Osama bin Laden_section_11

It has been claimed that bin Laden funded the Luxor massacre of November 17, 1997, which killed 62 civilians, and outraged the Egyptian public. Osama bin Laden_sentence_207

In mid-1997, the Northern Alliance threatened to overrun Jalalabad, causing bin Laden to abandon his Najim Jihad compound and move his operations to Tarnak Farms in the south. Osama bin Laden_sentence_208

Another successful attack was carried out in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_209

Bin Laden helped cement his alliance with the Taliban by sending several hundred Afghan Arab fighters along to help the Taliban kill between five and six thousand Hazaras overrunning the city. Osama bin Laden_sentence_210

In February 1998, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri co-signed a fatwa in the name of the World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, which declared the killing of North Americans and their allies an "individual duty for every Muslim" to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque (in Jerusalem) and the holy mosque (in Mecca) from their grip. Osama bin Laden_sentence_211

At the public announcement, fatwa bin Laden announced that North Americans are "very easy targets". Osama bin Laden_sentence_212

He told the attending journalists, "You will see the results of this in a very short time." Osama bin Laden_sentence_213

Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri organized an al-Qaeda congress on June 24, 1998. Osama bin Laden_sentence_214

The 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings were a series of attacks that occurred on August 7, 1998, in which hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States embassies in the major East African cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. Osama bin Laden_sentence_215

The attacks were linked to local members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, brought Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to the attention of the United States public for the first time. Osama bin Laden_sentence_216

Al-Qaeda later claimed responsibility for the bombings. Osama bin Laden_sentence_217

In retaliation for the embassy bombings, President Bill Clinton ordered a series of cruise missile strikes on bin Laden-related targets in Sudan and Afghanistan on August 20, 1998. Osama bin Laden_sentence_218

In December 1998, the Director of Central Intelligence Counterterrorist Center reported to President Clinton that al-Qaeda was preparing for attacks in the United States of America, including the training of personnel to hijack aircraft. Osama bin Laden_sentence_219

On June 7, 1999, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation placed bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted list. Osama bin Laden_sentence_220

At the end of 2000, Richard Clarke revealed that Islamic militants headed by bin Laden had planned a triple attack on January 3, 2000, which would have included bombings in Jordan of the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman, tourists at Mount Nebo, and a site on the Jordan River, as well as the sinking of the destroyer USS The Sullivans in Yemen, and an attack on a target within the United States. Osama bin Laden_sentence_221

The plan was foiled by the arrest of the Jordanian terrorist cell, the sinking of the explosive-filled skiff intended to target the destroyer, and the arrest of Ahmed Ressam. Osama bin Laden_sentence_222

Yugoslav Wars Osama bin Laden_section_12

See also: Bosnian mujahideen Osama bin Laden_sentence_223

A former U.S. State Department official in October 2001 described Bosnia and Herzegovina as a safe haven for terrorists, and asserted that militant elements of the former Sarajevo government were protecting extremists, some with ties to Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_224

In 1997, Rzeczpospolita, one of the largest Polish daily newspapers, had reported that intelligence services of the Nordic-Polish SFOR Brigade suspected that a center for training terrorists from Islamic countries was located in the Bocina Donja village near Maglaj in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Osama bin Laden_sentence_225

In 1992, hundreds of volunteers joined an all-mujahedeen unit called El Moujahed in an abandoned hillside factory, a compound with a hospital and prayer hall. Osama bin Laden_sentence_226

According to Middle East intelligence reports, bin Laden financed small convoys of recruits from the Arab world through his businesses in Sudan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_227

Among them was Karim Said Atmani, who was identified by authorities as the document forger for a group of Algerians accused of plotting the bombings in the United States. Osama bin Laden_sentence_228

He is a former roommate of Ahmed Ressam, the man arrested at the Canada–United States border in mid-December 1999 with a car full of nitroglycerin and bomb-making materials. Osama bin Laden_sentence_229

He was convicted of colluding with Osama bin Laden by a French court. Osama bin Laden_sentence_230

A Bosnian government search of passport and residency records, conducted at the urging of the United States, revealed other former Mujahideen who were linked to the same Algerian group or to other groups of suspected terrorists, and had lived in the area 100 km (60 mi) north of Sarajevo, the capital, in the past few years. Osama bin Laden_sentence_231

Khalil al-Deek was arrested in Jordan in late December 1999 on suspicion of involvement in a plot to blow up tourist sites. Osama bin Laden_sentence_232

A second man with Bosnian citizenship, Hamid Aich, lived in Canada at the same time as Atmani and worked for a charity associated with Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_233

In its June 26, 1997, a report on the bombing of the Al Khobar building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, The New York Times noted that those arrested confessed to serving with Bosnian Muslim forces. Osama bin Laden_sentence_234

Further, the captured men also admitted to ties with Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_235

In 1999, the press reported that bin Laden and his Tunisian assistant Mehrez Aodouni were granted citizenship and Bosnian passports in 1993 by the government in Sarajevo. Osama bin Laden_sentence_236

This information was denied by the Bosnian government following the September 11 attacks, but it was later found that Aodouni was arrested in Turkey and that at that time he possessed the Bosnian passport. Osama bin Laden_sentence_237

Following this revelation, a new explanation was given that bin Laden did not personally collect his Bosnian passport and that officials at the Bosnian embassy in Vienna, which issued the passport, could not have known who bin Laden was at the time. Osama bin Laden_sentence_238

The Bosnian daily Oslobođenje published in 2001 that three men, believed to be linked to bin Laden, were arrested in Sarajevo in July 2001. Osama bin Laden_sentence_239

The three, one of whom was identified as Imad El Misri, were Egyptian nationals. Osama bin Laden_sentence_240

The paper said that two of the suspects were holding Bosnian passports. Osama bin Laden_sentence_241

SHISH's head Fatos Klosi said that Osama was running a terror network in Albania to take part in the Kosovo War under the guise of a humanitarian organisation and it was reported to have been started in 1994. Osama bin Laden_sentence_242

Claude Kader who was a member testified its existence during his trial. Osama bin Laden_sentence_243

By 1998, four members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) were arrested in Albania and extradited to Egypt. Osama bin Laden_sentence_244

The mujahideen fighters were organised by Islamic leaders in Western Europe allied to him and Zawihiri. Osama bin Laden_sentence_245

During his trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, former Serbian President Slobodan Milošević quoted from a purported FBI report that bin Laden's al-Qaeda had a presence in the Balkans and aided the Kosovo Liberation Army. Osama bin Laden_sentence_246

He claimed bin Laden had used Albania as a launchpad for violence in the region and Europe. Osama bin Laden_sentence_247

He claimed that they had informed Richard Holbrooke that KLA was being aided by al-Qaeda but the US decided to cooperate with the KLA and thus indirectly with Osama despite the 1998 United States embassy bombings earlier. Osama bin Laden_sentence_248

Milošević had argued that the United States aided the terrorists, which culminated in its backing of the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War. Osama bin Laden_sentence_249

September 11 attacks Osama bin Laden_section_13

See also: September 11 attacks and Videos and audio recordings of Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden_sentence_250

After his initial denial, in the wake of the attacks, bin Laden announced, "what the United States is tasting today is nothing compared to what we have tasted for decades. Osama bin Laden_sentence_251

Our umma has known this humiliation and contempt for over eighty years. Osama bin Laden_sentence_252

Its sons are killed, its blood is spilled, its holy sites are attacked, and it is not governed according to Allah's command. Osama bin Laden_sentence_253

Despite this, no one cares". Osama bin Laden_sentence_254

In response to the attacks, the United States launched the War on Terror to depose the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and capture al-Qaeda operatives, and several countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation to preclude future attacks. Osama bin Laden_sentence_255

The CIA's Special Activities Division was given the lead in tracking down and killing or capturing bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_256

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated that classified evidence linking al-Qaeda and bin Laden to the September 11 attacks is clear and irrefutable. Osama bin Laden_sentence_257

The UK Government reached a similar conclusion regarding al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden's culpability for the September 11 attacks, although the government report noted that the evidence presented is not necessarily sufficient to prosecute the case. Osama bin Laden_sentence_258

Bin Laden initially denied involvement in the attacks. Osama bin Laden_sentence_259

On September 16, 2001, bin Laden read a statement later broadcast by Qatar's Al Jazeera satellite channel denying responsibility for the attack. Osama bin Laden_sentence_260

In a videotape recovered by U.S. forces in November 2001 in Jalalabad, bin Laden was seen discussing the attack with Khaled al-Harbi in a way that indicates foreknowledge. Osama bin Laden_sentence_261

The tape was broadcast on various news networks on December 13, 2001. Osama bin Laden_sentence_262

The merits of this translation have been disputed. Osama bin Laden_sentence_263

Arabist Dr. Abdel El M. Husseini stated: "This translation is very problematic. Osama bin Laden_sentence_264

At the most important places where it is held to prove the guilt of bin Laden, it is not identical with the Arabic." Osama bin Laden_sentence_265

In the 2004 video, bin Laden abandoned his denials without retracting past statements. Osama bin Laden_sentence_266

In it he said he had personally directed the nineteen hijackers. Osama bin Laden_sentence_267

In the 18-minute tape, played on Al-Jazeera, four days before the American presidential election, bin Laden accused U.S. President George W. Bush of negligence in the hijacking of the planes on September 11. Osama bin Laden_sentence_268

According to the tapes, bin Laden claimed he was inspired to destroy the World Trade Center after watching the destruction of towers in Lebanon by Israel during the 1982 Lebanon War. Osama bin Laden_sentence_269

Through two other tapes aired by Al Jazeera in 2006, Osama bin Laden announced, "I am the one in charge of the nineteen brothers. Osama bin Laden_sentence_270

... Osama bin Laden_sentence_271

I was responsible for entrusting the nineteen brothers ... with the raids" (May 23, 2006). Osama bin Laden_sentence_272

In the tapes he was seen with Ramzi bin al-Shibh, as well as two of the 9/11 hijackers, Hamza al-Ghamdi, and Wail al-Shehri, as they made preparations for the attacks (videotape broadcast September 7, 2006). Osama bin Laden_sentence_273

Identified motivations of the September 11 attacks include the support of Israel by the United States, presence of the U.S. military in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. enforcement of sanctions against Iraq. Osama bin Laden_sentence_274

Criminal charges Osama bin Laden_section_14

On March 16, 1998, Libya issued the first official Interpol arrest warrant against bin Laden and three other people. Osama bin Laden_sentence_275

They were charged for killing Silvan Becker, agent of Germany's domestic intelligence service, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, in the Terrorism Department, and his wife Vera in Libya on March 10, 1994. Osama bin Laden_sentence_276

Bin Laden was still wanted by the Libyan government at the time of his death. Osama bin Laden_sentence_277

Osama bin Laden was first indicted by a grand jury of the United States on June 8, 1998 on a charges of conspiracy to attack defense utilities of the United States and prosecutors further charged that bin Laden was the head of the terrorist organization called al-Qaeda, and that he was a major financial backer of Islamic fighters worldwide. Osama bin Laden_sentence_278

On November 4, 1998, Osama bin Laden was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on charges of Murder of U.S. Nationals Outside the United States, Conspiracy to Murder U.S. Nationals Outside the United States, and Attacks on a Federal Facility Resulting in Death for his alleged role in the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Osama bin Laden_sentence_279

The evidence against bin Laden included courtroom testimony by former al-Qaeda members and satellite phone records, from a phone purchased for him by al-Qaeda procurement agent Ziyad Khaleel in the United States. Osama bin Laden_sentence_280

However the Taliban ruled not to extradite Bin Laden on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence published in the indictments and that non-Muslim courts lacked standing to try Muslims. Osama bin Laden_sentence_281

Bin Laden became the 456th person listed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, when he was added on June 7, 1999, following his indictment along with others for capital crimes in the 1998 embassy attacks. Osama bin Laden_sentence_282

Attempts at assassination and requests for the extradition of bin Laden from the Taliban of Afghanistan were met with failure before the bombing of Afghanistan in October 2001. Osama bin Laden_sentence_283

In 1999, U.S. President Bill Clinton convinced the United Nations to impose sanctions against Afghanistan in an attempt to force the Taliban to extradite him. Osama bin Laden_sentence_284

On October 10, 2001, bin Laden appeared as well on the initial list of the top 22 FBI Most Wanted Terrorists, which was released to the public by the President of the United States George W. Bush, in direct response to the September 11 attacks, but which was again based on the indictment for the 1998 embassy attack. Osama bin Laden_sentence_285

Bin Laden was among a group of thirteen fugitive terrorists wanted on that latter list for questioning about the 1998 embassy bombings. Osama bin Laden_sentence_286

Bin Laden remains the only fugitive ever to be listed on both FBI fugitive lists. Osama bin Laden_sentence_287

Despite the multiple indictments listed above and multiple requests, the Taliban refused to extradite Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_288

They did however offer to try him before an Islamic court if evidence of Osama bin Laden's involvement in the September 11 attacks was provided. Osama bin Laden_sentence_289

It was not until eight days after the bombing of Afghanistan began in October 2001 that the Taliban finally did offer to turn over Osama bin Laden to a third-party country for trial in return for the United States ending the bombing. Osama bin Laden_sentence_290

This offer was rejected by President Bush stating that this was no longer negotiable, with Bush responding "there's no need to discuss innocence or guilt. Osama bin Laden_sentence_291

We know he's guilty." Osama bin Laden_sentence_292

On June 15, 2011, federal prosecutors of the United States of America officially dropped all criminal charges against Osama bin Laden following his death in May. Osama bin Laden_sentence_293

Pursuit by the United States Osama bin Laden_section_15

Clinton administration Osama bin Laden_section_16

Capturing Osama bin Laden had been an objective of the United States government since the presidency of Bill Clinton. Osama bin Laden_sentence_294

Shortly after the September 11 attacks it was revealed that President Clinton had signed a directive authorizing the CIA (and specifically their elite Special Activities Division) to apprehend bin Laden and bring him to the United States to stand trial after the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Africa; if taking bin Laden alive was deemed impossible, then deadly force was authorized. Osama bin Laden_sentence_295

On August 20, 1998, 66 cruise missiles launched by United States Navy ships in the Arabian Sea struck bin Laden's training camps near Khost in Afghanistan, missing him by a few hours. Osama bin Laden_sentence_296

In 1999 the CIA, together with Pakistani military intelligence, had prepared a team of approximately 60 Pakistani commandos to infiltrate Afghanistan to capture or kill bin Laden, but the plan was aborted by the 1999 Pakistani coup d'état; in 2000, foreign operatives working on behalf of the CIA had fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a convoy of vehicles in which bin Laden was traveling through the mountains of Afghanistan, hitting one of the vehicles but not the one in which bin Laden was riding. Osama bin Laden_sentence_297

In 2000, before the September 11 attacks, Paul Bremer characterized the Clinton administration as correctly focused on bin Laden, while Robert Oakley criticized their obsession with Osama. Osama bin Laden_sentence_298

Bush administration Osama bin Laden_section_17

Immediately after the September 11 attacks, U.S. government officials named bin Laden and the al-Qaeda organization as the prime suspects and offered a reward of $25 million for information leading to his capture or death. Osama bin Laden_sentence_299

On July 13, 2007, the Senate voted to double the reward to $50 million though the amount was never changed. Osama bin Laden_sentence_300

The Airline Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association offered an additional $2 million reward. Osama bin Laden_sentence_301

According to The Washington Post, the U.S. government concluded that Osama bin Laden was present during the Battle of Tora Bora, Afghanistan in late 2001, and according to civilian and military officials with first-hand knowledge, failure by the United States to commit enough U.S. ground troops to hunt him led to his escape and was the gravest failure by the United States in the war against al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden_sentence_302

Intelligence officials assembled what they believed to be decisive evidence, from contemporary and subsequent interrogations and intercepted communications, that bin Laden began the Battle of Tora Bora inside the cave complex along Afghanistan's mountainous eastern border. Osama bin Laden_sentence_303

The Washington Post also reported that the CIA unit composed of special operations paramilitary forces dedicated to capturing bin Laden was shut down in late 2005. Osama bin Laden_sentence_304

U.S. and Afghanistan forces raided the mountain caves in Tora Bora between August 14–16, 2007. Osama bin Laden_sentence_305

The military was drawn to the area after receiving intelligence of a pre-Ramadan meeting held by al-Qaeda members. Osama bin Laden_sentence_306

After killing dozens of al-Qaeda and Taliban members, they did not find either Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri. Osama bin Laden_sentence_307

Obama administration Osama bin Laden_section_18

On October 7, 2008, in the second presidential debate, on foreign policy, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged, "We will kill bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_308

We will crush al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden_sentence_309

That has to be our biggest national security priority." Osama bin Laden_sentence_310

Upon being elected, then President-elect Obama expressed his plans to renew U.S. commitment to finding al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to his national security advisers in an effort to ratchet up the hunt for the terrorist. Osama bin Laden_sentence_311

President Obama rejected the Bush administration's policy on bin Laden that conflated all terror threats from al-Qaeda to Hamas to Hezbollah, replacing it with a covert, laserlike focus on al-Qaeda and its spawn. Osama bin Laden_sentence_312

U.S. Osama bin Laden_sentence_313 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said in December 2009 that officials had had no reliable information on bin Laden's whereabouts for years. Osama bin Laden_sentence_314

One week later, General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said in December 2009 that al-Qaeda would not be defeated unless its leader, Osama bin Laden, were captured or killed. Osama bin Laden_sentence_315

Testifying to the U.S. Congress, he said that bin Laden had become an iconic figure, whose survival emboldens al-Qaeda as a franchising organization across the world, and that Obama's deployment of 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan meant that success would be possible. Osama bin Laden_sentence_316

"I don't think that we can finally defeat al-Qaeda until he's captured or killed", McChrystal said of bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_317

According to him, killing or capturing bin Laden would not spell the end of al-Qaeda, but the movement could not be eradicated while he remained at large. Osama bin Laden_sentence_318

In April 2011, President Obama ordered a covert operation to kill or capture bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_319

On May 2, 2011, the White House announced that SEAL Team Six had successfully carried out the operation, killing him in his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_320

Activities and whereabouts after the September 11 attacks Osama bin Laden_section_19

Main article: Manhunt for Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden_sentence_321

While referring to Osama bin Laden in a CNN film clip on September 17, 2001, then-President George W. Bush stated, "I want justice. Osama bin Laden_sentence_322

There is an old poster out west, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or alive'". Osama bin Laden_sentence_323

Subsequently, bin Laden retreated further from public contact to avoid capture. Osama bin Laden_sentence_324

Numerous speculative press reports were issued about his whereabouts or even death; some placed bin Laden in different locations during overlapping time periods. Osama bin Laden_sentence_325

None were ever definitively proven. Osama bin Laden_sentence_326

After military offensives in Afghanistan failed to uncover his whereabouts, Pakistan was regularly identified as his suspected hiding place. Osama bin Laden_sentence_327

Some of the conflicting reports regarding bin Laden's whereabouts and mistaken claims about his death follow: Osama bin Laden_sentence_328

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  • On December 11, 2005, a letter from Atiyah Abd al-Rahman to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi indicated that bin Laden and the al-Qaeda leadership were based in the Waziristan region of Pakistan at the time. In the letter, translated by the United States military's Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Atiyah instructs Zarqawi to send messengers to Waziristan so that they meet with the brothers of the leadership. Al-Rahman also indicates that bin Laden and al-Qaeda are weak and have many of their own problems. The letter has been deemed authentic by military and counterterrorism officials, according to The Washington Post.Osama bin Laden_item_0_0
  • Al-Qaeda continued to release time-sensitive and professionally verified videos demonstrating bin Laden's continued survival, including in August 2007. Bin Laden claimed sole responsibility for the September 11 attacks and specifically denied any prior knowledge of them by the Taliban or the Afghan people.Osama bin Laden_item_0_1
  • In 2009, a research team led by Thomas W. Gillespie and John A. Agnew of UCLA used satellite-aided geographical analysis to pinpoint three compounds in Parachinar as bin Laden's likely hideouts.Osama bin Laden_item_0_2
  • In March 2009, the New York Daily News reported that the hunt for bin Laden had centered in the Chitral District of Pakistan, including the Kalam Valley. Author Rohan Gunaratna stated that captured al-Qaeda leaders had confirmed that bin Laden was hiding in Chitral.Osama bin Laden_item_0_3
  • In the first week of December 2009, a Taliban detainee in Pakistan said he had information that bin Laden was in Afghanistan in 2009. The detainee reported that in January or February (2009) he met a trusted contact who had seen bin Laden in Afghanistan about 15 to 20 days earlier. However, on December 6, 2009, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated that the United States had had no reliable information on the whereabouts of bin Laden in years. Pakistan's Prime Minister Gillani rejected claims that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan.Osama bin Laden_item_0_4
  • On December 9, 2009, BBC News reported that U.S. Army General Stanley A. McChrystal (Commander of U.S. and ISAF forces in Afghanistan from June 15, 2009 to June 23, 2010) emphasized the continued importance of the capture or killing of bin Laden, thus indicating that the U.S. high command believed that bin Laden was still alive.Osama bin Laden_item_0_5
  • On February 2, 2010, Afghan president Hamid Karzai arrived in Saudi Arabia for an official visit. The agenda included a discussion of a possible Saudi role in Karzai's plan to reintegrate Taliban militants. During the visit, an anonymous official of the Saudi Foreign Affairs Ministry declared that the kingdom had no intention of getting involved in peacemaking in Afghanistan unless the Taliban severed ties with extremists and expelled Osama bin Laden.Osama bin Laden_item_0_6
  • On June 7, 2010, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Seyassah reported that bin Laden was hiding out in the mountainous town of Sabzevar, in northeastern Iran. On June 9, The Australian News' online edition repeated the claim. This report turned out to be false.Osama bin Laden_item_0_7
  • On October 18, 2010, an unnamed NATO official suggested that bin Laden was alive, well, and living comfortably in Pakistan, protected by elements of the country's intelligence services. A senior Pakistani official denied the allegations and said that the accusations were designed to put pressure on the Pakistani government ahead of talks aimed at strengthening ties between Pakistan and the United States.Osama bin Laden_item_0_8
  • On April 16, 2011, a leaked Al Jazeera report claimed that bin Laden had been captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. This report turned out to be false.Osama bin Laden_item_0_9

On March 29, 2012, Pakistani newspaper Dawn acquired a report produced by Pakistani security officials, based on interrogation of his three surviving wives, that detailed his movements while living underground in Pakistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_329

In a 2010 letter, bin Laden chastised followers who had reinterpreted al-tatarrus—an Islamic doctrine meant to excuse the unintended killing of non-combatants in unusual circumstances—to justify routine massacres of Muslim civilians, which had turned Muslims against the extremist movement. Osama bin Laden_sentence_330

Of the groups affiliated with al-Qaeda, Bin Laden condemned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan for an attack on members of a hostile tribe, declaring that the operation is not justified, as there were casualties of noncombatants. Osama bin Laden_sentence_331

Bin Laden wrote that the tatarrus doctrine needs to be revisited based on the modern-day context and clear boundaries established. Osama bin Laden_sentence_332

He asked a subordinate to draw up a jihadist code of conduct that would constrain military operations in order to avoid civilian casualties. Osama bin Laden_sentence_333

In Yemen, Bin Laden urged his allies to seek a truce that would bring the country stability or would at least show the people that we are careful in keeping the Muslims safe on the basis of peace. Osama bin Laden_sentence_334

In Somalia, he called attention to the extreme poverty caused by constant warfare, and he advised al-Shabab to pursue economic development. Osama bin Laden_sentence_335

He instructed his followers around the world to focus on education and persuasion rather than entering into confrontations with Islamic political parties. Osama bin Laden_sentence_336

Whereabouts just before his death Osama bin Laden_section_20

In April 2011, various U.S. intelligence outlets were able to pinpoint Bin Laden's suspected location near Abbottabad, Pakistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_337

It was previously believed that bin Laden was hiding near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, but he was found 160 km (100 mi) away in a three-story windowless mansion in Abbottabad at . Osama bin Laden_sentence_338

Bin Laden's mansion was located 1.3 km (0.8 mi) southwest of the Pakistan Military Academy. Osama bin Laden_sentence_339

Google Earth maps show that the compound was not present in 2001, but it was present on images taken in 2005. Osama bin Laden_sentence_340

Death and aftermath Osama bin Laden_section_21

Main article: Death of Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden_sentence_341

See also: Reactions to the death of Osama bin Laden and Osama bin Laden death conspiracy theories Osama bin Laden_sentence_342

Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011, shortly after 1:00 AM local time (4:00 PM eastern time) by a United States military special operations unit. Osama bin Laden_sentence_343

The operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, was ordered by United States President Barack Obama and carried out in a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operation by a team of United States Navy SEALs from the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (also known as DEVGRU or informally by its former name, SEAL Team Six) of the Joint Special Operations Command, with support from CIA operatives on the ground. Osama bin Laden_sentence_344

The raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad was launched from Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden_sentence_345

After the raid, reports at the time stated that U.S. forces had taken bin Laden's body to Afghanistan for positive identification, then buried it at sea, in accordance with Islamic law, within 24 hours of his death. Osama bin Laden_sentence_346

Subsequent reporting has called this account into question—citing, for example, the absence of evidence that there was an imam on board the USS Carl Vinson, where the burial was said to have taken place. Osama bin Laden_sentence_347

Pakistani authorities later demolished the compound in February 2012 to prevent it from becoming a neo-Islamist shrine. Osama bin Laden_sentence_348

In February 2013, Pakistan announced plans to build a ₨265 million PKR ($30 million USD) amusement park in the area, including the property of the former hideout. Osama bin Laden_sentence_349

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Bin Laden was killed within the fortified complex of buildings that was probably built for him, and had reportedly been his home for at least five years. Osama bin Laden_sentence_351

The compound was located less than a mile from Pakistan Military Academy and less than 100 kilometers' drive from Pakistan's capital. Osama bin Laden_sentence_352

While the United States and Pakistan governments both claimed, and later maintained, that no Pakistani officials, including senior military leaders, knew bin Laden's whereabouts or had prior knowledge of the U.S. strike, Carlotta Gall, writing in The New York Times Magazine in 2014, reported that ISI Director General Ahmad Shuja Pasha knew of bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad. Osama bin Laden_sentence_353

In a 2015 London Review of Books article, investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh asserted—citing U.S. sources—that bin Laden had been a prisoner of the ISI at the Abbottabad compound since 2006; that Pasha knew of the U.S. mission in advance, and authorized the helicopters delivering the SEALs to enter Pakistani airspace; and that the CIA learned of bin Laden's whereabouts from a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer, who was paid an estimated $25 million for the information. Osama bin Laden_sentence_354

Both stories were denied by U.S. and Pakistani officials. Osama bin Laden_sentence_355

Mosharraf Zia, a leading Pakistani columnist, stated, "It seems deeply improbable that bin Laden could have been where he was killed without the knowledge of some parts of the Pakistani state." Osama bin Laden_sentence_356

Pakistan's United States envoy, Ambassador Husain Haqqani, promised a "full inquiry" into how Pakistani intelligence services could have failed to find bin Laden in a fortified compound so close to Islamabad. Osama bin Laden_sentence_357

"Obviously bin Laden did have a support system", he said. Osama bin Laden_sentence_358

"The issue is, was that support system within the government and the state of Pakistan, or within the society of Pakistan?" Osama bin Laden_sentence_359

Others argued that bin Laden lived in the compound with a local family, and never used the internet or a mobile phone, which would have made him much easier to locate. Osama bin Laden_sentence_360

Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari denied that his country's security forces sheltered bin Laden, and called any supposed support for bin Laden by the Pakistani government baseless speculation. Osama bin Laden_sentence_361

Government officials said that the country's limited resources had been committed to its war against the Pakistan Taliban, and other insurgents who posed an active threat to it, rather than to finding or sheltering bin Laden. Osama bin Laden_sentence_362

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