Osama bin Laden

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden Full Name: Osama bin Laden [Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden]
Nationality: Saudi Arabian

Profession: Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Why Famous: Born into a wealthy Saudi Arabian family bin Laden joined and helped fund mujahideen forces in Afghanistan against the Soviets before founding al-Qaeda in 1988.

Banished by his country he established a base in Sudan before moving to Afghanistan from where he issued a fatwā against the United States.

Attacks by al-Quada that followed included the 1998 US Embassy bombings and September 11 in the US. Killed in 2001 by US special forces and buried at sea.

Born: March 10, 1957
Star Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Died: May 2, 2011 (aged 54)
Cause of Death: Shot and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by Navy SEALs during Operation Neptune Spear.

Historical Events in the Life of Osama bin Laden

  • 1988-08-11 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama Bin Laden, Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 1996-08-23 Osama bin Laden issues message entitled "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places"
  • 1998-02-23 Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.
  • 1998-11-20 A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
  • 2002-01-16 The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban.
  • 2004-10-29 Arabic news network, Al Jazeera broadcasts an excerpt from a video of Osama bin Laden in which the terrorist leader first admits direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks and references the 2004 U.S. presidential election
  • 2011-05-02 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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