On this day: in history (1957), Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was born. He was a Saudi Arabian terrorist and founder of the Pan-Islamic militant organization al-Qaeda terrorist group. Under Bin Laden’s leadership, al-Qaeda was responsible for the September 11 attacks in the United States, and many other mass-casualty attacks worldwide.
He was a Saudi Arabian citizen until 1994 and a member of the wealthy bin Laden family.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. He was born in Saudi Arabia and studied at a university in the country until 1979, when he joined Mujahideen forces in Pakistan fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. He helped to fund the Mujahideen by funneling arms, money, and fighters from the Arab world into Afghanistan, and gained popularity among many Arabs. In 1988, he formed al-Qaeda.After establishing a base in Afghanistan, he declared a war against the United States, initiating a series of bombings and related attacks.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 US embassy bombings.
Bin Laden was the subject of a decade-long international manhunt. 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. On May 2, 2011, he 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. 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 President Barack Obama.
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