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to the September 11, 2001 attack on America, Osama
bin Laden was
called America's most wanted terrorist suspect. The U.S. State Department
said Osama bin Laden is "one of the most
significant financial sponsors of
of Islamic extremist activities in the world." Osama bin
spelled Usama bin Laden, is 44 years old (2001). Osama bin Laden's
name, "The Contractor," is maybe the best indicator of bin Laden's link
terrorism. Officials in many countries including the United States say
Laden's money has paid for terrorist acts in Europe, Africa and
the Middle East. His
personal wealth is estimated at $250 million U.S.
Saudi, Osama bin Laden is the 17th child, of 50-53 children, from a
family that ran the largest
construction companies in the Arab world. Bin Laden Group, a construction empire
based in the
Saudi city of Jidda made its fortune in building projects for the Saudi royal family.
He is said to
be the head of a worldwide network of terrorist camps that support Jihad or Islamic Holy
against secular governments of the Muslim Middle East and Western powers. In 1998, bin
called on Muslims to kill Americans wherever they can be found.
uses centuries old interpretations of the Koran to justify violence in
the name of God.
Muslim scholars brought out the Koran's interpretations during the 1979 Soviet
Afghanistan. Religious rulings were issued called fatwas. The fatwas exhorted Muslims
everywhere to defend Islamic land from infidels.
bin Laden timeline.
1984, bin Laden moves from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan to help Abdullah
Azzam, founder of the Office of Services, establish training camps across
the border in
Afghanistan. The Office of Services' goal was to recruit and
train Muslim volunteers. Bin Laden provides
financial support and
handling of military affairs.
1986, Bin Laden establishes his own training camp for Persian Gulf Arabs
called Al Masadah, or the Lion's Den.
1988, bin Laden turns to a global crusade. He founds a group called
or Al-Qaeda (Arabic for The Base). According to the American Central
Intelligence Agency, The Base has 5,000 trained militants, who have created
cells in 50 countries. The purpose of these camps is to take militants from
around the world and
shape them into an international network that would
bring all Muslims under a militant version of Islamic law.
1989, bin Laden returns to Saudi Arabia to join his family's
1991, bin Laden moves the headquarters for al-Qaida (Al-Qaeda) to Sudan,
militant Islamic government had come to power.
1993, a bomb explodes at the World Trade Center, killing six people and
injuring another 1,000.
Links to the Office of Services and al-Qaida (Al-Qaeda) emerge, but do not lead to
1994, Saudi Arabia strips bin Laden of citizenship for alleged terrorist
links and his family
1996, bin Laden is forced out of Sudan following intense pressure from
the U.S. on Sudan.
1998, bin Laden made his way back to Afghanistan. The International
Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, which acts as an umbrella
group for international militant groups organized by bin Laden, issues a religious
order saying it is a religious duty of Muslims to kill Americans anywhere possible.
1999, bin Laden moves to the village Farmifadda, Afghanistan.
does Osama bin Laden want to kill Americans?
The following is excerpted from the fatwa, or edict, of
February 1998, issued by the Osama bin Laden organization.
more than seven years, the United States
has been occupying the lands of Islam in the
holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula,
plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers,
humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors
and turning its
bases in the peninsula into
a spearhead through
which to fight the
best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the
Iraqi people, using
the peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against
their territories being
used to that end, but they are helpless.
...These crimes and sins committed by the Americans are a clear
declaration of war on God,
his messenger and Muslims. And ulema [Muslim scholars] have
throughout Islamic history
unanimously agreed that the jihad [Holy War] is an individual
duty if the enemy destroys
the Muslim countries.
On that basis, and in compliance with God's order, we issue the
following fatwa to all Muslims:
The ruling is to kill the Americans and their allies is an individual
duty for every Muslim who can
do it, in order to liberate the Al Aqsa mosque [Jerusalem] and the Holy
Mosque [Mecca]... This
is in accordance with the words of Almighty God...
We call on every Muslim who believes in God and wished to be rewarded to
comply with God's
order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and
whenever they find it.
Osama bin Laden's own words.
an interview with ABC's correspondent John
Miller, on May 28, 2001, Osama Bin Laden made
the following comment on the fatwa issued calling
on Muslims to kill Americans, regardless of whether
they are civilians or military:
ordered us in this religion to purify Muslim land of all
non-believers… After World War II,
the Americans became more aggressive and oppressive, especially in the
American history does not distinguish between civilians and military, and not
even women and
children. They are the ones who used the bombs against Nagasaki. Can these bombs
between infants and military? America does not have a religion that will prevent it from
destroying all people."
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