Osama bin Laden

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Date of Birth March 10, 1957
Place of Birth Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date of Death May 2, 2011 (54)
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Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, also rendered Usama bin Ladin, was a founder of the pan-Islamic militant organization al-Qaeda. 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. His mother, Alia Ghanem, was from a secular middle-class family based in Latakia, Syria. He 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. 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. He was banished from Saudi Arabia in 1992, and shifted his base to Sudan, until U.S. pressure forced him to leave Sudan in 1996.

Born: Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Ladin, March 10, 1957, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: May 2, 2011, Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Cause of death: Gunshot wound
Citizenship: Saudi Arabian (1957–1994), Stateless (1994–2011)
Height: 1.95 m
Children: 20–26, including Abdallah, Saad, Omar and Hamza
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About Osama bin Laden

International terrorist leader of Al Qaeda. The architect of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, he was located and killed in a covert United States operation in 2011.

Before Fame

During his younger years, he studied religion and poetry in Saudi Arabia.


Before he became Public Enemy number one, he worked with the U.S. government against the Soviets.

Family Life

He fathered twenty to twenty-six children with five of six wives.


Operation Neptune Spear, ordered by U.S. President Barack Obama, resulted in bin Laden's death.

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