Terrorist Leader Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

In the late 1970s, after Afghanistan was invaded by the Soviet Union, bin Laden traveled to the country to raise money for the mujahedin. Through his family connections, he was able to deliver heavy equipment to the mujahedin that was used to build roads, tunnels and training camps. Exiled from his native country because he criticized the Saudi King — for allowing U.S. troops to stay in the Kingdom — bin Laden remained in Afghanistan, where he created his own training camp and, with the help of his former college professor Abdullah Azzam, founded al-Qaeda, meaning "solid base," to offer religious training to the mujahedin. This photo was taken in 1998.

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