Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the USA Embassies in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi and Kenya.
These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorists attacks throughout the world including the September 11,
2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Aliases:Osama Bin Laden, Usama Bin Muhammad Bin Ladin, Shaykh Usama Bin Ladin, the Prince, the Emir, Abu Abdallah, Mujahid Shaykh, Hajj, the
Date of Birth: 1957 Hair: Brown
Place of Birth: Saudi Arabia Eyes: Brown
Height: 6' 4" to 6' 6" Complexion: Olive
Weight: Approximately 160 pounds Sex: Male
Build: Thin Nationality: Saudi Arabian
Remarks: Bin Laden is the leader of a terrorist organization known as Al-Qaeda, "The Base". He is left-handed and walks with a cane.
Scars and Marks: None
Usama bin Laden is a 44 year-old "businessman" and son of one of Saudi Arabia's wealthiest families, and the coordinator of an international
terrorist network believed to be responsible for numerous deadly attacks against American and Western targets.
Bin Laden formed the terrorist Al-Qaeda ("the base") organization in 1988, and it is believed to have operatives in as many as twenty countries. In
1998 bin Laden announced the establishment of "The International Islamic Front for Holy War Against Jews and Crusaders," an umbrella organization
linking Islamic extremists in scores of countries around the world, including Egypt, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
He is known to have an enlarged heart, chronically low blood pressure and is missing toes on one foot from a battle wound suffered in Afghanistan. He
is regularly attended by a physician.
Since Sept. 11, reports that he is dependent on kidney dialysis have emerged, and that led Pakistanís President Musharraf to surmise that he probably
died in the mountains of Afghanistan for lack of treatment.
Bin Laden in his own words on the United States, its allies, jihad and terrorism:
August 1996, after being expelled from Sudan:
"Muslims burn with anger at America. For its own good, America should leave [Saudi Arabia.] ... There is no more important duty than pushing the
American enemy out of the holy land. ... The presence of the USA Crusader military forces on land, sea and air of the states of the Islamic Gulf is
the greatest danger threatening the largest oil reserve in the world. The existence of these forces in the area will provoke the people of the country
and induces aggression on their religion, feelings and prides and pushes them to take up armed struggle against the invaders occupying the land. ...
Due to the imbalance of power between our armed forces and the enemy forces, a suitable means of fighting must be adopted, i.e. using fast-moving,
light forces that work under complete secrecy. In other words, to initiate a guerrilla war, where the sons of the nation, and not the military forces,
take part in it."
March 1997 in a CNN interview:
"We declared jihad against the US government, because the US government is unjust, criminal and tyrannical. It has committed acts that are extremely
unjust, hideous and criminal whether directly or through its support of the Israeli occupation."
"For this and other acts of aggression and injustice, we have declared jihad against the US, because in our religion it is our duty to make jihad so
that God's word is the one exalted to the heights and so that we drive the Americans away from all Muslim countries.As for what you asked whether
jihad is directed against US soldiers, the civilians in the land of the Two Holy Places (Saudi Arabia, Mecca and Medina) or against the civilians in
America, we have focused our declaration on striking at the soldiers in the country of The Two Holy Places."
"The country of the Two Holy Places has in our religion a peculiarity of its own over the other Muslim countries. In our religion, it is not
permissible for any non-Muslim to stay in our country. Therefore, even though American civilians are not targeted in our plan, they must leave. We do
not guarantee their safety, because we are in a society of more than a billion Muslims."
"I have benefited so greatly from the jihad in Afghanistan that it would have been impossible for me to gain such a benefit from any other chance and
this cannot be measured by tens of years but rather more than that. ... Our experience in this jihad was great, by the grace of God, praise and glory
be to Him, and the most of what we benefited from was that the myth of the superpower was destroyed not only in my mind but also in the minds of all
Muslims. Slumber and fatigue vanished and so was the terror which the U.S. would use in its media by attributing itself superpower status or which the
Soviet Union used by attributing itself as a superpower."
February 1998: Bin Laden creates the International Islamic Front for Jihad Against the Jews and Crusaders, to unite all extremist groups.
"For over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches,
dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to
fight the neighboring Muslim peoples."
"Despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, which has
exceeded 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once again trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the
protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation."
"We--with God's help--call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and
plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan's
U.S. troops and the devil's supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson."
"The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country
in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies
to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim."
Sources and More on Bin Laden:
Bin Laden's Letter to the USA
Hunting Bin Laden
Bin Laden;Messenger of Peace, Prophet of Change
The War on Terrorism: Osama bin Laden and al-Qa'ida
FBI Most Wanted
Osama Bin Laden Profile
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[Edited on 3-14-2004 by worldwatcher]