Monday, April 20, 2009

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Osama Bin Laden- What He Does Now

Now, Osama Bin Laden is dead, and if not, he is probably in hiding, probably in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, but, what does he do? My guess is, after all the research I've done on him, is that Osama Bin Laden is a good organizer and military leader. He probably is involved in funding, and maybe has some rich Saudi contancts that support his cause and send him money from time to time. I think that at 51 years old, Osama Bin Laden can't do much fighting, but he can still lead his number 2 to do a lot of the work, Aiman Al Zawahiri.

picture: OBL and Zawahiri, for a video interview. (note: there are two versions of similar photos because one of the two may not work on specific computers)

source: previous sources, learned information.

Osama Bin Laden- Current Whereabouts

Right now, Osama Bin Laden is one of the most wanted terrorists on the planet. He is wanted by governments from around the world and the rewards for information leading to his capture or death are huge, up to 25 million dollars from the United states federal governments and a further 2 million dollars from the airline industry. Unfortunately, nobody knows where he is exactly, or even if he is alive. since so few video recordings of him have been shown, and none at all in the last 5 years, many people speculate that he died, possibly from sickness or malnutrition, etc.. If he is alive though, many people think that he is on the Afghan-Pakistan border region and can pass from one to the other quite often. Also, he probably does not live in a cave like many people would like to beleive, but probably he moves around from time to time between the tribal compounds. He does'nt have any kidney disease, but he has had kidney stones, and he does take medication for low blood pressure, so could he be found if someone located his medicine supplier? But really, he doesn't matter so much, it's the act of terrorism that does. So many people, who have been inspired by him do terrorist acts on their own accord as well. Not only is he responsible for all the things that he and Al Qaedda has done, but as a terroist inspirer, he has managed to make hundreds, maybe thousands of other join his ideology and kill civilians and innocents.

picture: OBL with Aiman Al Zawahiri at a compund liike the one mentioned. (click on picture to show full image)


Osama Bin Laden- Results of Actions

Because of Osama Bin Laden and terrorist groups around the world, many people are enduring the hardships that are in place. Not just in the United States, but all over the world people are obstructed from doing everyday things. Even schools, after the Beslan massacre, that killed 344 innocent people, now face security hassles everyday. But sometimes they arent even hassles, but complete lifestyle that are obstructed by the fear of terrorism. Iraqi's who may have lived outside of the Green zone and worked inside it's walls have an extremely hard time trying to get in every day, if they get in at all. Other people, such as business travelers, also have problems now that security at airports, train stations, and at bus terminals. after events such as 9/11 and terrorist attacks around the world, very few people (who travel, or commute, etc...) will ever live in the same way that they did before, and many people will be obstructed from being able to have a very normal life. I myself am hassled when I leave JFK airport, twice, I've been selected for additional screening, and I've nearly missed the flight on those occasions. I am humiliated as I kept barefoot in a glass box as a TSA agent drags a cloth acros all my clothes and all my posesions to scan for possible weapons. Then they go through everything in my bag(s) and have it all checked twice.Unfortunately, to keep us safe, everybodyhas to go through the screening and the baggies with liquids, etc...

picture: students at a a school have to go through rigorous inspections to get in.


Osama Bin Laden- 9/11

On September 11th 2001, Al Qaueda, with Osama Bin Laden as their leader, carried out an aerial attack on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, in Washington D.C. and the White House. The attack on the White House did not succeed but, the hijacked plane did crash into a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3000 people died from the attack and more people are still dying from injuries or sickness that are attributed to the aftermath of the attack, such as inhalation of poisonous dust and chemicals. To date, it has been the biggest, terrorist attack in the history of the United States of America and to many countries around the world. This attack is devastating but significant because it is what has recently brought Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations around the world to be noticed by world leaders, and the citizens of the nations affected around the world. Before 9/11, they were not so well known except to the intelligence community and some governments from around the world.

Even though Bin Laden said at first that he had not committed the acts of terror against the United States, he has carried out attacks against US military personell and embassies. He also had said that the killing of innocent civilians was justified. Later, a video tape was found that showed Bin Laden planning the 9/11 attacks.

Picture: twin towers of NYC on 9/11

source: 9/11 Commission Report, by:Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton
:The Looming Tower Al-Qaeda and The Road to 9/11, by: Lawrence Wright

Osama Bin Laden- Balkan Wars

During the Balkan Wars, Osama Bin Laden was helping to fund and aid, radical groups that were fighting during the different conflicts of the region. He also supplied fighters to groups such as El Moujahed and other Bosnian, Islamic forces. Many important leaders of Al Qaeda, including Bin Laden, are rumored to have visited the region. Bin Laden, and a tunisian assistant also received Bosnian Passports, but weather or not Bin Laden collected it himself is unsure. The Bosnian government said that it hadn't a way of knowing that they were giving him a passport at the time. By 1998 Osama Bin Laden was operating his terrorist network out of Albania, and the later from Kosovo. During the 90's he also managed to Bomb the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzinia. This made him an important figure in the emerging global problem of Jihadist terrorism.


picture: The Balkan States

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Osama Bin Laden- Early Militant Career

Osama Bin Laden's first step to becoming involved in Jihadist military affairs was in Peshwar, Pakistan. It was with his old university teacher that he began to organize fighters, arms and supplies to pass through the pshwar region from around the world. This helped to supply the resistance against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. This organization was called, Maktab al-Khadamat, which simply means, office of order. Even more interesting about how he became involved with terrorism, is what he did as a terrorist, including a bizarre rumor that says he and Azzam (his fromer university teacher) began their own magazine, Jihad Magazine. Later, he separated From Azzam . Throughout this time (early-mid eighties) Bin Laden was contacted by Aiman al Zawahiri, a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. He tried to convince Bin Laden to separate from Azzam. Bin Laden separated from Azzam in 1988 because he wanted a more direct role in fighting, instead of supplying. shortly after, Bin Laden formed, Al Qaeda. and by the year 1992, Bin Laden had moved to Sudan and with him, he took his Al Qaeda.

picture: Bin Laden, who in Peshwar, Pakistan, began to wear military jackets.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Osama Bin Laden- Begginings of Terrorism

Osama Bin Laden has or had almost always been very radical about his views on world Islam. but, he hadn't always been a terrorist. In fact he was once connected with Pakistani intelligence agencies, that received funding from intelligence agencies of The United States, like the CIA. This was because he was fighting first, before terrorism, against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. His reported incredibly brave fighting at big battle like Jalalabad (check googgle map), made him a natural leader for Islamic fighters and allied him with the Taliban. He came from a wealthy family and could acces about 6-7 million US dollars every year, now though, his family has cut him of from his supply of money after mounting pressure from the governments of the United States and Saudi Arabia. After the Afghan War, Osama Bin Laden, firmly believed that Afghanistan was the only country in the world that had proper Sharia. (Islamic Law). This was when it was still under the control of the Taliban. Later Osama Bin Laden helped to organize Islamic Groups from Serbia, and places like Kosovo, during the Balkan Wars. Slowly since, he has managed to organize and Fund Al Qaeda and other organizations around the world.

Picture: Osama Bin Laden in military Gear in Afghanistan during the eighties.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Osama Bin Laden- Born & and Raised

Osama Bin Laden was born into a very wealthy family with close connections to the Saudi Government through a construction firm. The Bin Laden Group. He was the 17th of 52 children. His father Muhammad Bin Laden was married a total of 22 times but to never more than four wives at a time. Osama Bin Laden was raised as a devout Sunni Muslim. He went to the exclusive, Al Thager Model School, a secular school. His childhood, and then his later concentration on studying the Q'utb interpretation of the Qur'an is what led to his radicalization and then his future in terrorism.

Picture: Riyad, Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Osama Bin Laden.


For my Google-Maps project, I have decided to do Osama Bin Laden. He is one of the most wanted terrorist of the United States and other world countries and organizations. Whilst many think he is dead, he has still had a very long and historical life which has influenced the rest of the world in many ways, so much so that the reward for information about him or him (dead or alive) is 25 Million Dollars. He is also on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.

Go to Osama Bin Laden Google Map (may still be under construction)