15 Facts About Osama Bin Laden

1. Osama Bin Laden 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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2. Osama 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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3. Osama Bin Laden was banished from Saudi Arabia in 1992, lost his Saudi citizenship in 1994, and shifted his base to Sudan until US pressure forced him to leave in 1996.

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4. Osama Bin Laden became the subject of a decade-long international manhunt, during which the FBI offered a $25million bounty on him.

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5. Osama Bin Laden describes him as a frugal man and strict father, who enjoyed taking his large family on shooting trips and picnics in the desert.

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6. Osama Bin Laden opposed such alternatives as secular government, as well as pan-Arabism, socialism, communism, and democracy.

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7. Osama Bin Laden subscribed to the Athari school of Islamic theology.

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8. Osama 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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9. Osama Bin Laden believed this would lead to economic collapse of the enemy countries, by "bleeding" them dry.

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10. Osama Bin Laden offered to send al-Qaeda to overthrow the Soviet-aligned Yemeni Socialist Party government in South Yemen but was rebuffed by Prince Turki bin Faisal.

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11. Osama 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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12. Osama Bin Laden continued to criticize King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

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

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

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

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