Osama Bin Laden:
A life committed to death.


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Osama Bin Laden, leader of terrorist group Al-Queda and the Taliban



Background
Osama bin Laden was born into power on March 10, 1957, as one of fifty siblings (including step and half brothers and sisters). He was raised in Saudi Arabia by a strict father, enforcing the Wahhabi Muslim religion and social code. After losing his father Muhammad bin Laden at just 13, Osama began to form an Islamic responsibility, and he was married to his first wife at 17, who was a relative from Syria. Bin Laden has been said to have had four wives and been the father to anywhere from 12 to 24 children. He obtained a degree in public administration from King-Abdul-Aziz University. Bin Laden has always abided by the need for violent jihad, a clash between followers of different religions, to solve the discrimination against Muslims created by the US, sometimes other non-Muslim states, the need to eliminate Israel, and the need for the US to withdraw from the middle-east. These strong beliefs are what compelled him to have angry feelings toward the US, and to plan attacks to damage the United States. He has been disowned by much of his family.

Terrorism
Osama bin Laden is the leader of the terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda . Through this, he has over 3,000 followers and has 250 million invested in this organization. He had never denied searching for nuclear and chemical weapons, and feels that this is part of his religious responsibility to defend Islam. Bin Laden became involved in the fight against the Russian's invasion of Afghanistan, which ended in 1988 when the Soviets were defeated by militias of Muslim fighters, with the support of the US, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. With help, Bin Laden ran one of the main militias (the Mujahideen). He and his leaders had trouble figuring out what to do with the developed network, so Bin Laden decided to create "Al-Qaeda," or "The Base." After the Gulf War, Al-Qaeda switched its focus to fighting the US presence in the middle-east. The group strongly opposed the stationing of US troops, on what is "the holiest of Islamic lands," and started campaign of terrorism against the Saudi rulers, which bin Laden claims are false Muslims. The final goal of this campaign was to rid the Saudi royal family and install an Islamic regime on the Arabian peninsula. In '91, bin Laden moved to Sudan, and during this time he established connections with other terror organizations. In May of 1996, Osama bin Laden moved to Afghanistan and created an ally to the ruling Taliban. There have been recent rumors that Osama bin Laden is dead, but we have yet to find any proof.

Sources:
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/osamabinladen.html
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/binladen/who/bio.html
http://www.adl.org/terrorism_america/bin_L.asp