In the late 1970s, Osama bin Laden became a follower of the radical pan-Islamist scholar Abdullah Azzam, who believed that all Muslims should rise up in jihad, or holy war, to create a single Islamic state.
Osama bin Laden was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1957 or 1958. He was the 17th of 52 children born to Mohammed bin Laden, a Yemeni immigrant who owned the largest construction company in the Saudi kingdom. All pics/AFP
For Osama bin Laden, Islam was more than a religion that shaped his political beliefs
By 1993, Osama bin Laden had formed a secret network known as al Qaeda which comprised of militant Muslims he had met while serving in Afghanistan. Soldiers were recruited for their ability to listen, their good manners, obedience, and their pledge to follow their superiors
Osama bin Laden is believed to be responsible for many deadly acts of terrorism, including the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
Osama bin Laden had been on the FBI's 'most wanted' list for more than a decade
This undated video grab shows Saudi-born alleged terrorism mastermind Osama bin Laden speaking at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan from a video said to have been prepared by bin Laden himself
Copies of the tape, which shows him as well as al-Qaeda guerrilla fighters training at al-Faruq camp in Afghanistan, have been circulated to a limited number of Islamists. Osama bin Laden is America's prime suspect behind the September 11 terrorist attacks
In 1994, the Saudi government forced Osama bin Laden to relinquish his Saudi citizenship, and confiscated his passport. His family also disowned him, cutting off his $7 million yearly stipend
By 2001, Osama bin Laden had attempted, and often successfully executed attacks on several countries using the help of Al Qaeda trained terrorists and his seemingly bottomless financial resources
Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011, after a raid at the Al Qaeda founder's residence compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan by US Navy Seal commandos
Osama bin Laden's wife Khairiah Sabar was living with him in Abbottabad when he was killed
A picture taken on May 9, 2011 shows what is believed to be the building where the ancestral family of Al-Qaeda network's founder Osama bin Laden lived in Rabat Ba Ashan in the southern Yemeni province of Hadramawt. While bin Laden's ancestral homeland of Yemen hailed his death, his acolytes in the Arabian peninsula's poorest country called it a "catastrophe" and vowed to keep up jihad, or Islamic holy war.
In 2018, Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker and one of the ringleaders of the September 2001 terror attacks in the US, according to the family. The marriage was confirmed by Osama bin Laden's half-brothers -- Ahmad and Hassan al-Attas
One of the most infamous global terrorists, Osama bin Laden, founder of al-Qaeda is known to be the architect of the deadly 9/11 US terror attacks which happened on this day in 2001. Here's why the global terrorist is hated across the world
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