27 Facts About Bin Laden

1. Bin Laden remains the only fugitive ever to be listed on both FBI fugitive lists.

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2. Bin Laden is a former roommate of Ahmed Ressam, the man arrested at the Canadian-US border in mid-December 1999 with a car full of nitroglycerin and bomb-making materials.

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3. Bin Laden told the attending journalists, "You will see the results of this in a very short time.

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4. Bin Laden issued a fatwa against the United States, which was first published in Al Quds Al Arabi, a London-based newspaper.

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5. Bin Laden chose to return to Jalalabad, Afghanistan aboard a chartered flight on May 18, 1996; there he forged a close relationship with Mullah Mohammed Omar.

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6. In late 1995, when Bin Laden was still in Sudan, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency learned that Sudanese officials were discussing with the Saudi government the possibility of expelling Bin Laden.

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7. Bin Laden was generous to the poor and popular with the people.

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8. Bin Laden was the Sudan agent for the British firm Hunting Surveys, and built roads using the same bulldozers he had employed to construct mountain tracks in Afghanistan.

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9. Bin Laden bought a house on Al-Mashtal Street in the affluent Al-Riyadh quarter and a retreat at Soba on the Blue Nile.

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10. Bin Laden continued to speak publicly against the Saudi government, for which the Saudis banished him.

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11. Bin Laden met with King Fahd, and Saudi Defense Minister Sultan, telling them not to depend on non-Muslim assistance from the United States and others, and offering to help defend Saudi Arabia with his Arab legion.

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12. Bin Laden was angered by the internecine tribal fighting among the Afghans.

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13. Bin Laden established camps inside Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan and trained volunteers from across the Muslim world to fight against the Soviet-backed regime, the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan; he would participate in some combat activity, such as the Battle of Jaji.

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14. Bin Laden believed climate change to be a serious threat and penned a letter urging Americans to work with president Barack Obama to make "a rational decision to save humanity from the harmful gases that threaten its destiny".

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15. Bin Laden was heavily anti-Semitic, stating that most of the negative events that occurred in the world were the direct result of Jewish actions.

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16. Bin Laden was indicted on terrorism charges by law enforcement agencies in Madrid, New York City, and Tripoli.

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17. Bin Laden called for the elimination of Israel, and called upon the United States to withdraw all of its civilians and military personnel from the Middle East, as well as from every Islamic country of the world.

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18. Bin Laden opposed such alternatives such as secular government, as well as "pan-Arabism, socialism, communism, democracy.

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19. Bin Laden had stopped wearing the traditional Saudi male keffiyeh and instead wore the traditional Yemeni male keffiyeh.

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20. Bin Laden had an olive complexion and was left-handed, usually walking with a cane.

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21. Bin Laden fathered between 20 and 26 children with his wives.

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22. Bin Laden studied economics and business administration at King Abdulaziz University.

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23. Bin Laden was on the American Federal Bureau of Investigation's lists of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Most Wanted Terrorists for his involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings.

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24. Bin Laden was banished from Saudi Arabia in 1992, and shifted his base to Sudan, until US pressure forced him to leave Sudan in 1996.

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25. Bin Laden helped to fund the Mujahideen by funneling arms, money and fighters from the Arab world into Afghanistan, and gained popularity among many Arabs.

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26. Bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia and studied at university in the country until 1979, when he joined Mujahideen forces in Pakistan fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

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27. Bin Laden was a Saudi Arabian until 1994, a member of the wealthy bin Laden family, and an ethnic Yemeni Kindite.

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