Saturday, May 7, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Facts - strangefacts

  • Osama bin Laden was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In a 1998 interview, he gave his birth date as March 10, 1957
  • His father, Muhammed bin Laden, was killed in 1967 in an airplane crash in Saudi Arabia when his American pilot misjudged a landing
  • According to CNN national security correspondent David Ensore, as of 2002 bin Laden had married four women and fathered roughly 25 or 26 children
  • Actor Bruce Willis has offered $1,000,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Osama Bin Laden and other al-Qaida terror leaders
  • According to Sudanese author Kola Boof, Osama Bin Laden is a big fan of pop Diva Whitney Houston
  • Dom Jolly out of Trigger TV went to school with Osama Bin Laden
  • Osama Bin Laden is the 17th of 57 children and the bounty on Osama Bin Laden is $50 million
  • Real or not, Osama Bin Laden had a Facebook account that was deleted for security reasons
  • 56.5 million viewers watched President Obama's speech on May 1, 2011 announcing the death of Osama bin Laden
  • Osama Bin Laden never returned balls hit over his fence where he killed
  • Osama Bin Laden drank lots of Pepsi and Coke and he grew (and likely smoked) marijuana
  • Capturing Osama bin Laden has been an objective of the United States government since the presidency of Bill Clinto
  • During 2001/2002 he was apparently suffering from some serious kidney issues that most hospitals in Pakistan and Afganistan wouldn't have been able to handle
  • The Taliban refused to extradite Osama Bin Laden. It wasn't until after the bombing of Afghanistan began in October 2001 that the Taliban finally did offer to turn over Osama bin Laden to a third-party country for trial, in return for the US ending the bombing and providing evidence that Osama bin Laden was involved in the 9/11 attacks. This offer was rejected by George W Bush stating that this was no longer negotiable with Bush responding that "There's no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he's guilty"
  • October 2009: An article in the British tabloid Daily Mail points out that the theory that Bin Laden died in 2001 "is gaining credence among political commentators, respected academics and even terror experts" and notes that the mounting evidence that supports the claim makes the theory "worthy of examination"
  • Part of a family made rich by the Saudi oil boom, bin Laden gained a degree in civil engineering. Some reports say in his student days he could be found in flashy Beirut nightclubs, a free-spender and heavy drinker, fighting over dancers and bar girls
  • How he got embroiled in radical Islamic politics is unclear, though the late 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan appears key
  • With his family fortune, bin Laden used Afghanistan to set up training camps and as a base from which to plan attacks on Western countries
  • Before the tape released on Friday, Bin Laden was last seen in a video statement on the eve of the November 2004 U.S. presidential election. Since then, he has issued several new audio messages, the last in July 2006 when he vowed al Qaeda would fight the United States across the world
  • Mullah Dadullah, a senior Taliban commander told Al Jazeera in April 2007 that bin Laden is orchestrating militants' operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also said that he had ordered the attack on February 27, 2007 at the U.S. Bagram base during a visit by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney to Afghanistan
  • Washington has wanted him dead or alive and last July, the U.S. Senate voted to double the bounty on him to $50 million and it also required U.S. President George W. Bush to refocus on capturing him after reports that al Qaeda is gaining strength
  • Bin Laden was killed 3,519 days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. The U.S. believes bin Laden's son was also killed Sunday. Bin Laden was killed by a bullet to the head
  • The compound where bin Laden was living had walls 12-18 feet high, with barbed wire at the top, a top U.S. official said. There was no telephone or Internet service
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