Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was the founder of the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda, the jihadist organization responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States and numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets. He was from a wealthy Saudi bin Laden family, and an ethnic Yemeni Kindite.
1,000+ Coalition troops & contractors killed
1,100+ U.S. Soldiers killed in Afghanistan
2,974 American civilians killed in 9/11.
3,000+ Injured American troops
15,000+ Afghan troops & civilians killed
45,000+ Injured Afghan troops
These rough estimates only account for Afghanistan. By all accounts, when you add in the Iraq war, the numbers just get bonkers.
Depending on what you want to count, Osama bin Laden in the past decade since 9/11 has cost the United States anywhere from $280 billion to well over $5 trillion. Bin Laden caused the financial crisis. Right after 9/11, the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates in order to boost the economy in the wake of the terrorist attack. In a search for higher yields investors began to buy up subprime mortgage bonds. In order to create more high-yield bonds, lenders made loans to riskier and riskier borrowers, who drove up housing prices and created the bubble. Eventually, many of those borrowers couldn’t pay their loans. The bonds start to go bad. Lehman goes belly up. Financial crisis on.Government spending on homeland security has jumped to $73 billion from $20 billion back in 2010Average airport wait times have increased by about 20 minutes since the start of new enhanced security measures.Osama bin Laden cost us $1 trillion dollars in the past decade,
Osama bin Laden was killed by a bullet fired by a United States Navy SEAL during a 40-minute helicopter assault on a fortified compound believed to have been purpose-built to hide the al-Qaeda leader.
It took 3,519 days since September 11, 2001, for U.S. forces to finally kill Osama bin Laden, the chief architect of the terrorist attacks that define that date.
During that time period, two wars were launched in the Middle East, each with the stated purpose of fulfilling the objectives of a larger “war”: that on terror. Bin Laden’s capture doesn’t halt those operations. But it does provide an end point to a chapter that was politically contentious, emotionally exhausting and quite costly.
bin Laden's rage
In July 1998, bombings rocked the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the media pointed their finger at none other than bin Laden. Hundreds of people had died, and many more were wounded as a result of the terrorist attacks.
In retaliation for the bombings, Americans chose an al Qaeda camp in Khost, Afghanistan, to bombard by air. Bin Laden was hundreds of miles away, and the fighters were on the northern front.
Following the American retaliation, bin Laden was placed under heavy protection and advised to stay in hiding by Taliban leader Abdullah Jan Wahedi. bin Laden and the Taliban were being forced to defend themselves against the United Front under the command of the anti-Taliban military commander and Mujahideen, Ahmad Shah Massoud.
Laden's followers protected the Kabul front and pushed Massoud's forces back.
He waged holy war with modern methods. He sent fatwas — religious decrees — by fax and declared war on Americans in an e-mail beamed by satellite around the world. Qaeda members kept bomb-making manuals on CDs and communicated through encrypted memos on laptops, leading one American official to declare that Bin Laden possessed better communications technology than the United States. He railed against globalization, even as his agents in Europe and North America took advantage of a globalized world to carry out their attacks, insinuating themselves into the very Western culture he despised.
After nearly a decade on the move, including a stint in Sudan to establish his al-Qaeda training camps, bin Laden found refuge back in Afghanistan with the Taliban. The Taliban gave him a base and cover, in exchange for funding for their fighters. In 1998, bin Laden led the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
Bin Laden and al-Qaeda took credit for the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, killing 2,792 that day alone.
In 1990, in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the Saudi government allowed American troops to be stationed in Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden was incensed that non-believers (American soldiers) were stationed in the birthplace of Islam. He also charged the Saudi regime with deviating from true Islam.
Bin Laden was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1991 because of his anti-government activities. He eventually wound up in Sudan, where he worked with Egyptian radical groups in exile.
In 1987, now aged 30, Bin Laden took part in a battle in the hills around the small Afghan town of Jaji. Though heavily mythologised subsequently, the action saw determined fighting between Afghan mujahideen, backed by some units of Arabs, and Soviet troops. Now relatively well-known among the Peshawar-based militants, Bin Laden also began playing a role as a broker between competing Afghan and Arab factions as well as continuing to fund a radical newspaper and organising medical care for wounded fighters. It was during this period too that he began co-operating more closely with an older and more experienced Egyptian militant, a former doctor called Ayman al-Zawahiri. However, the two were not close. Together with Azzam, Bin Laden also ran a logistical centre dealing with the volunteers arriving from the Arab world to take part in the "jihad". Witnesses also remember seeing Bin Laden at the battle of Jalalabad, an ill-fated and costly bid to capture the eastern Afghan city from forces loyal to the communist Afghan government in 1989, six months after the Soviet withdrawal.
Afghanistan, The First Encounter
The first encounter with Afghanistan was as early as the first two weeks of Soviet invasion. He went to Pakistan and was taken by his hosts Jamaat Islami from Karachi to Peshawar to see the refugees and meet some leaders. Some of those leaders like Rabbani and Sayyaf were common faces to him because he met them during Hajj gatherings That trip which was [a] secret trip lasted for almost a month and was an exploratory rather than action trip. He went back to the kingdom and started lobbying with his brothers, relatives and friends at the school to support the mujahedeen. He succeeded in collecting huge amount of money and material as donations to jihad. He made another trip to take this material. He took with him few Pakistanis and Afghanis who were working in bin Laden company for more than ten years. Again, he did not stay more than a month The trip was to Pakistan and the border only and was not to Afghanistan. He went on collecting money and going in short trips once or twice a year until 1982.
Bin Laden, son of a billionaire Saudi businessman, became involved in the fight against the Soviet Union’s invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, which lasted from 1979 to 1988 and ended with a Soviet defeat at the hands of international militias of Muslim fighters backed by the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Together with Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Abdullah Azzam, bin Laden ran one of seven main militias involved in the fighting. They established military training bases in Afghanistan and founded Maktab Al Khidamat, or Services Office, a support network that provided recruits and money through worldwide centers, including in the U.S.
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Osama bin Laden was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1957. When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, bin Laden joined the Afghan resistance. After the Soviet withdrawal, bin Laden formed the al-Qaeda network which carried out global strikes against Western interests, culminating in the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.