Bin Laden Death of a Terrorist

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Monday, May 2, 2011 - 2:33pm

Osama Bin Laden's death comes after more than a decade of terror inspired by his leadership.

The world's most notorious terrorist is dead.

Osama Bin Laden, the head of the Al Qaeda terrorist network, died Sunday after he was shot in the head by a group of elite American troops who infiltrated his compound near Islamabad, Pakistan.

President Obama announced the death Sunday night to a stunned world.

In addition to the 9-11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, Bin Laden was held responsible for in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in 2000 that killed 17 Americans, as well as many other attacks.

Born in Riyadh to one of Saudi Arabia's wealthiest families, he was radicalized by the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

He opened his own bases in Afghanistan and formed Al Qaeda - which means 'The Base' - to keep track of his fighters.

Bin Laden was further incensed by the first Gulf War and the relationship of Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Eventually his family in Saudi Arabia disowned him.

Bin Laden had not been seen since he was known to be in Tora Bora in 2001.

However, he continued to make numerous audio statements against the U.S., calling for American forces to leave muslim territories and threatening further attacks on U.S. Soil.

Bin Laden was buried at sea.

He was 54 years old.
 

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