Usama Bin Muhammad Bin Ladin, Shaykh Usama Bin
Ladin, the Prince, the Emir, Abu Abdallah, Mujahid
Shaykh, Hajj, the Director
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||6' 4" to 6' 6"
||Approximately 160 pounds
||Leader of a terrorist organization
known as Al-Qaeda
He walks with a cane.
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Who is Osama Bin Laden?
Osama Bin Laden: Has called for a holy war against
Osama Bin Laden is both one of the CIA's most
wanted men and a hero to many young people in
the Arab world.
He and his associates were already being sought
by the US on charges of international terrorism,
including in connection with the 1998 bombing
of American embassies in Africa and last year's
attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.
| Born in Saudi Arabia
Fought against Soviets in Afghanistan
Ploughed inherited fortune into armed
Rarely seen in public
Reported to have at least three wives
In May this year a US jury convicted four men
believed to be linked with Bin Laden of plotting
the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
Bin Laden, an immensely wealthy and private man,
has been granted a safe haven by Afghanistan's
ruling Taleban movement.
During his time in hiding, he has called for
a holy war against the US, and for the killing
of Americans and Jews. He is reported to be able
to rally around him up to 3,000 fighters.
He is also suspected of helping to set up Islamic
training centres to prepare soldiers to fight
in Chechnya and other parts of the former Soviet
Sponsored by US and Pakistan
His power is founded on a personal fortune
earned by his family's construction business in
Born in Saudi Arabia to a Yemeni family, Bin
Laden left Saudi Arabia in 1979 to fight against
the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.The Afghan
jihad was backed with American dollars and had
the blessing of the governments of Saudi Arabia
He received security training from the CIA itself,
according to Middle Eastern analyst Hazhir Teimourian.
While in Afghanistan, he founded the Maktab al-Khidimat
(MAK), which recruited fighters from around the
world and imported equipment to aid the Afghan
resistance against the Soviet army.
Egyptians, Lebanese, Turks and others - numbering
thousands in Bin Laden's estimate - joined their
Afghan Muslim brothers in the struggle against
an ideology that spurned religion.
linked to Bin Laden
1993 World Trade Centre bomb
1996 Killing of 19 US soldiers in Saudi
Nairobi and Dar es Salaam bombs
2000 Attack on USS Cole in Yemen
Turned against the US
After the Soviet withdrawal, the "Arab
Afghans", as Bin Laden's faction came to
be called, turned their fire against the US and
its allies in the Middle East.
Bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia to work in
the family construction business, but was expelled
in 1991 because of his anti-government activities
He spent the next five years in Sudan until US
pressure prompted the Sudanese Government to expel
him, whereupon Bin Laden returned to Afghanistan.
Terrorism experts say Bin Laden has been using
his millions to fund attacks against the US.
The US State Department calls him "one of
the most significant sponsors of Islamic extremist
activities in the world today".
According to the US, Bin Laden was involved in
at least three major attacks - the 1993 World
Trade Center bombing, the 1996 killing of 19 US
soldiers in Saudi Arabia, and the 1998 bombings
in Kenya and Tanzania.
Some experts say he is part of an international
Islamic front, bringing together Saudi, Egyptian
and other groups.
Their rallying cry is the liberation of Islam's
three holiest places - Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.
Analysts say Bin Laden's organisation is very
different from the groups that carried out bombings
and hijackings in the past in that it is not a
tightly knit group with a clear command structure
but a loose coalition of groups operating across
American officials believe Bin Laden's associates
may operate in over forty countries - in Europe
and North America, as well as in the Middle East
The few outsiders who have met Bin Laden describe
him as modest, almost shy. He rarely gives interviews.
He is believed to be in his 40s, and to have
at least three wives.