Osama bin Laden


Born: 3/10/1957 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: 5/2/2011
Age: 54
Cause of death: shot (U.S. military strike)

Full name: Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden
Noted For: militant Islamic leader; fought the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan (1979-89), founded the al Qaeda terrorist organisation (1989), organized the killing of American troops in Somalia (1993), supported the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan (1996), issued a proclamation calling for the death of all Americans (1998), placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list (1999). Bin Laden and al Qaeda became the target of U.S. and allied military operations following the World Trade Center bombing in 2001. Some sources give his DOB as 7/30/1957.
Quotation: "We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us."

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