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Who Is Osama Bin Laden?

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Osama Bin Laden is a very rich man who really hates the West in general and America in particular.

He is thought to have been connected with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. More than 5,000 people are thought to be missing or dead as a result of these attacks.

Bin Laden has also been directly linked to other attacks on U.S. embassies and a navy ship, the U.S.S. Cole. The attack on the Cole killed 17 sailors and injured more than 30. In the embassy attacks, on Aug. 7, 1998, bombs exploded at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 people.

But who is he really? He is the wealthy son of a wealthy Yemeni businessman. He is thought to have inherited $300 million when his father died. He has many family members in Saudi Arabia and in other Middle Eastern countries, but he has chosen to live away from his family and pursue terrorist attacks. He is thought to have been living in Afghanistan, protected by the Taliban, the ruling people there.

He is also the leader of a worldwide terrorist organization called the Al Qaeda. This group is thought to have people in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Why does Osama Bin Laden hate America and the West so much? He has gone on record as saying that he doesn't want Westerners involved in Middle Eastern affairs. He thinks that Muslim people should rise up with him and declare Muslim countries off-limits to Americans and other people from the West.

To accomplish this, he has set up terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and in other countries. At these camps, people are trained to be fighters and terrorists. Several of the people who died in the September 11 attacks are thought to have been associated with Bin Laden and trained at these camps.