Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (Arabic: أسامة بن محمد بن عوض بن لادن, ʾUsāmah bin Muḥammad bin ʿAwaḍ bin Lādin; March 10, 1957 – May 2, 2011)123 was the founder of the al-Qaeda organization, responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets. He was a member of the wealthy Saudi bin Laden family.
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.456 From 2001 to 2011, bin Laden and his organization have been major targets of the War on Terror, which has resulted in a total of between 80,000 and 1.2 million civilian deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia between 2001 and 2007.
On April 29, 2011,7 U.S. President Barack Obama authorized a raid on bin Laden’s suspected location near Abbottabad, Pakistan. It wasn’t until the early morning of May 2 (due to weather and time considerations) that the operation was successfully carried out by U.S. Navy SEALs with intelligence support from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).28 Within moments after the raid began, bin Laden was fatally shot in the head and chest.9 The entire raid, including intelligence sweeps of the compound, was completed in less than 40 minutes. His body was taken into custody, and facial recognition tests were performed.Later, genetic testing further supported bin Laden’s identification. Within 24 hours of his death, bin Laden’s body was taken out to sea for burial.10
Not yet in the database:
In the Shadow of Bin Laden
America Under Siege
Afghanistan: Land in Crisis
Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State
The Path to 9/11