Al Jazeera Bin Laden
May 2, 2011 by USA Post
Al Jazeera Bin Laden, Osama Bin Laden was born into a prosperous family of Saudi Arabia, but he left home in search of the revolution, found a way of fanaticism, inspired by a criminal organization that terrorized the West, and ultimately became the world’s most wanted man.
The most intense manhunt in history finally met Bin Laden, whose money and rabid preaching inspired by the September 11 attacks of 2001, terrorists who killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, and tore a hole in the direction of U.S. security in the world.
Reviled in the West as the epitome of evil, bin Laden was admired and even revered by some Muslim radicals who embraced his vision of endless jihad against the United States and Arab governments seen as infidels.
His actions set off a chain of events that led to U.S. wars in Afghanistan and then Iraq, and a clandestine war against extreme Islamic followers scores hit countries on all continents except Antarctica. Entire apparatus of U.S. intelligence was revised to counter the threat of more terrorist attacks in the country.
Bin Laden, 54, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday, prompting scenes of jubilation in the World Trade Center site in Washington and elsewhere. A small group of Americans carried out the attack early Monday in Pakistan, and took custody of the remains of Bin Laden; they were quickly buried at sea.
Bin Laden’s organization, Al Qaeda has also been blamed for the bombing in 1998 against two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, and countless other places, some successful and some frustration.
Perhaps as important was his ability – even from his hiding place – to inspire a new generation of terrorists to murder in its name. Most of the top lieutenants of al-Qaida have been killed or captured in the years since September 11, 2001, and intelligence officials in Europe and Asia say they now see an increasing threat of homegrown radical groups because of Bin Power Laden.
In his years in hiding went on, became less of a presence. Revolutions and upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa in recent months were inspired largely by young people seeking economic and political freedom, rather than bin Laden’s radical vision of an Islamic caliphate ruled by Sharia law.
Al-Qaeda is not believed to have provided financial or logistical support to the group of North African Muslims, who took off the attacks of March 11, 2004, in Madrid, Spain – which killed 191 people – but that no doubt inspired by his dream of worldwide jihad. Similarly, no link has been established between the leadership of al-Qaida and the four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in London on July 7, 2005, but few believe that the attack would have occurred if Bin Laden stirs the passions of young radical Muslims around the world.
The war in Iraq – justified in part by erroneous intelligence that suggested Saddam Hussein had both weapons of mass destruction and connection with Al Qaeda – has become a cauldron where some of the world’s next generation of terrorists honed skills.
Al-Qaida took advantage of the chaos of post-Saddam Iraq – helping to drag the U.S. into a quagmire that led to the death of 5,000 American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis.
In fact, bin Laden’s legacy is a world still very much on edge.
Terms like “dirty bomb” full body scan and weapons of mass destruction became common global vocabulary, and others like Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and renditions fueled a burning anger in the Muslim world.
But long before bin Laden became the world’s most wanted man, the fate that few believed it to move in that direction.
Bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia on March 10, 1957. He became known as the most pious of the children among 54 children of his wealthy father. Bin Laden path to militant Islam began as a teenager in the 1970 when it became trapped in the fundamentalist movement then sweeping Saudi Arabia. He was a voracious reader of Islamic literature and listened to the weekly sermons in the holy city of Mecca.
Thin, bearded and over 6 feet (1.83 meters) Bin Laden, joined the Afghan war against invading Soviet troops in the 1980 and earned a reputation as a brave and resourceful commander. Access to family fortune in the construction of a considerable no doubt helped raise his profile among the mujahideen fighters.
At that time, Bin Laden’s interests coincide with those of the United States, which supported the “holy war” against the Soviet occupation with money and weapons.
When bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia, was showered with praise and donations and was in demand as a speaker in mosques and homes. It was not long for their goals diverge from those of previous Western backers.
“When we buy American products, we are complicit in the murder of Palestinians,” said one of the tapes made of his speeches in those days.
A seminal moment in the life of bin Laden was in 1990 when U.S. troops landed on Saudi soil to drive Iraq from Kuwait.
Bin Laden tried to dissuade the government of allowing non-Muslim armies in the land where the prophet Muhammad gave birth to Islam, but the Saudi leadership turned to the United States to protect its vast oil reserves. When bin Laden continued to criticize Riyadh close alliance with Washington, was stripped of Saudi citizenship.
“I have seen radical changes in his personality as he changed from a quiet man, gentle and kind interested in helping Muslims in a person who thought it would be able to amass and command an army to liberate Kuwait. It revealed his arrogance and pride, “said Prince Turki, former head of Saudi intelligence, in an interview with Arab News and MBC television in late 2001.
“His conduct at that time left no impression that he would become what it has become,” added the prince.
The prince, who said he met Bin Laden several times years ago in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, described it as “a kind man, enthusiastic young man of few words who did not raise his voice while talking.”
Abdel-Bari Atwan, editor of Al-Quds Al-Arabi, a London-based newspaper, spent 10 days with Bin Laden in a cave in Afghanistan in 1996. He said bin Laden “touched the root of the grievances of millions of people in the Arab world when it was introduced as an alternative to Arab regimes have failed to liberate Arab lands from Israeli occupation and to restore pride his people.
He said bin Laden and his followers never afraid of death.
“The boys talked about the death of the way young men talk about going to the club,” said Atwan. “They envied those who fell in battle, and who died as martyrs in the cause of God.”
However, Bin Laden had a knack for staying alive.
After being expelled from Saudi Arabia, Bin Laden fled to Sudan. The African country has acceded to a U.S. request and offered to turn bin Laden to Saudi Arabia in 1996, but his native country refused, fearing a trial would destabilize the country.
Back on familiar ground in Afghanistan – permitted by the government of Burhanuddin Rabbani – bin Laden and his al-Qaeda for holy war preparations that made him Washington’s No. Enemy.
When the Taliban – which eventually would give shelter – first took control of Kabul in September 1996, Bin Laden and his Arab followers kept a low profile, unsure of their welcome in the new regime. Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar Bin Laden asked the southern Kandahar from his headquarters at Tora Bora and finally, through large financial contributions and continuous isolated Taliban, Bin Laden became dependent for their survival religious militia.
In Afghanistan, she woke before dawn to pray, and then eat a simple breakfast of bread and cheese. He’s about world affairs. Almost every day, he and his men – Egyptians, Yemenis, Saudis, among others – practiced attacks, hurling explosives at targets and shooting imaginary enemies.
He was also riding horses, his favorite hobby, and enjoys playing traditional healer, is often prescribed honey, his favorite food, and herbs to treat colds and other illnesses. In Afghanistan, bin Laden was often accompanied by his four wives – the maximum Islam allows. Estimates of the number of children up to 23.
First major strike of Al-Qaeda after bin Laden returned to Afghanistan on August 7, 1998, when two explosions rocked the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Most of the victims were passers-by Africans, but the bombing also killed 12 Americans.
Days later, Bin Laden escaped from a cruise missile attack on one of their training camps in Afghanistan launched by the United States in retaliation. Bin Laden is believed to have been in the camp Kili Al-Badr ZHAW a meeting with several of his top men, but left shortly before some 70 Tomahawk cruise missiles slammed into the dust complex.
Since September 11, 2001, bin Laden remained a step ahead of the raid – perhaps the largest ever for a single individual.
As the Taliban fell quickly under pressure from the U.S. bombings, bin Laden fled to the inhospitable mountains in the seam that separates Pakistan and Afghanistan, keeping an irregular flow of the conversation – for the first time on tape video and then bites audio recordings – to warn Western pursuers further bloodshed.
Just hours after U.S. assault against Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, Bin Laden appeared in a video given to Al-Jazeera, a satellite television station Arabs, to issue a threat to the U.S.
“I swear by God … neither America nor the people who live there to dream of security before we live in Palestine, and not before all the infidel armies leave the land of Muhammad, peace be upon him, “said Bin Laden, dressed in uniform.
Reappeared in a video program aspect of Al-Jazeera on December 27, 2001, shortly after U.S. forces apparently, had cornered in Tora Bora, a giant cave complex in eastern Afghanistan. Hundreds of suspected al-Qaeda is believed to have escaped the massive U.S. bombing campaign there, and bin Laden is believed to have been one of them.
During the past decade, bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri has appeared regularly in audio and videotapes to issue threats and comments on a wide range of topical issues, despite appearances faded in recent years.
In November 2002, bin Laden threatened Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Germany and Australia for their support of the United States, saying: “It’s time to kill him as revenge to kill, and will be bombed. Like a bomb.” More lately, he called on Muslims to rebel against the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait that he saw as puppets of Washington.
In 2004, he tried a new direction, offering a “truce” to European countries that do not attack Muslims, and later saying that the U.S. could avoid another attack of 11-if it stopped threatening the security of Muslims.
After a long silence, Bin Laden stepped up their posts in 2006, and addressed issues became more political. In January 2006, he addressed his remarks to the American people rather than U.S. President George W. Bush, because, he said, polls showed that “an overwhelming majority” of Americans want a withdrawal from Iraq. Even Americans should pick up a copy of the book “Rogue State”; he said he offers a path to peace.
At several points in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks, Bin Laden capture or death had appeared imminent. After March 2003 arrest of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks, authorities in Islamabad and Washington were shown to deny a steady stream of rumors that bin Laden had been captured.
U.S. forces poured into the border region in search of him and former Taliban and the Taliban in hiding, said Bin Laden had been in constant motion, traveling through the mountains with a small entourage of security.
Yet, Bin Laden promised repeatedly that he was willing to die in their struggle to drive the Israelis from Jerusalem and the Americans in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
“America can not get with life,” bin Laden was quoted as saying in an interview with a Pakistani journalist held shortly after the U.S. invasion in Afghanistan.
And while his bravado was prophetic in the end it was not Bin Laden, who would have the final word.
“On nights like this,” Obama said in the announcement of the death of Bin Laden to the world, “we say to the families who have lost loved ones to t*rror*sm of al-Qaida. Justice is done”
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