For us, the idea was not to get involved more than necessary in the fight against the Russians, which was the business of the Americans, but rather to show our solidarity with our Islamist brothers, he told a French journalist in 1995.
The youth were surprised at the low morale of the American soldiers and realized more than before that the American soldier was a paper tiger and after a few blows ran in defeat, he said.
The urgent thing was Communism, but the next target was America.He declared to an interviewer in 1998, I am confident that Muslims will be able to end the legend of the so-called superpower that is America.Groups calling themselves Al Qaeda, or acting in the name of its cause, attacked American troops in Iraq, bombed tourist spots in Bali and blew up passenger trains in Spain.Osama the name means young lion grew up playing with Saudi princes and had his own stable of horses by age.The Saudi government froze his assets and revoked his citizenship.Yet one of the men convicted of the bombings of the embassies said that Bin Laden had been so involved that he was the one who had pointed at surveillance photographs to direct where the truck bomb should be driven.It must have been difficult for him, the family friend said.Whereas when Israel bombed the United Nations building in Lebanon while it was full of children and women, the.S.While he built his reputation on his combat experience against Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s, even some of his supporters questioned whether he had actually fought."No one will receive the 25 million reward for the capture of Osama bin Laden, say.S.
His paternal roots are sick gifts for guys in Yemen, and within the family his mother was a double outsider as well she was neither Saudi nor Yemeni but Syrian.
If we refuse to do so, it says we are terrorists.
He created training camps for his foot soldiers, a media office to spread his word and even shuras, or councils, to approve his military plans and his fatwas.That lack of exposure to Western culture would prove a crucial distinction; the other siblings went on to lead lives that would not be unfamiliar to most Americans.2 does not hurt us, he said.He found work in Jidda as a porter to the pilgrims on their way to the holy city of Mecca; years later, when he owned the largest construction company in Saudi Arabia, he displayed his porters bag in the main reception room of his palace.The worlds most threatening terrorist, he was also known to submit to dressings down by his mother.The recruits were known as the Afghan Arabs, though they came from all over the world, and their numbers were estimated as high as 20,000.Bin Laden long eluded the allied forces in pursuit of him, moving, it was said, under cover of night with his wives and children, at first between mountain caves.
He sent an open letter to King Fahd outlining the sins of the Saudi government and calling for a campaign of guerrilla attacks to drive Americans from Saudi Arabia.