Osama bin Laden, the face of terror
May 1st, 2011
11:29 PM ET

Osama bin Laden, the face of terror

The most prominent face of terror in America and beyond, Osama Bin Laden, has been killed in Pakistan, U.S. officials said Sunday night.

Bin Laden was the leader of al Qaeda, the terrorist network behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. U.S. officials said that their forces have the body of bin Laden.

The enormity of the destruction - the World Trade Center's towers devastated by two hijacked airplanes, the Pentagon partially destroyed by a third hijacked jetliner, a fourth flight crashed in rural Pennsylvania, and more than 3,000 people killed - gave bin Laden a global presence.

The Saudi-born zealot commanded an organization run like a rogue multinational firm, experts said, with subsidiaries operating secretly in dozens of countries, plotting terror, raising money and recruiting young Muslim men - even boys - from many nations to its training camps in Afghanistan.

He used the fruits of his family's success - a personal fortune estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars - to help finance al Qaeda in its quest for a new pan-Islamic religious state. How much bin Laden got in the settlement of the family estate is still a matter of contention. Estimates range from tens of millions to hundreds of millions.

Even before September 11, bin Laden was already on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

He had been implicated in a series of deadly, high-profile attacks that had grown in their intensity and success during the 1990s.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Ali

    Pakistan supports terrorism. Its been again and again proved. Time to declare Pakistan a terrorist country. Its continuosly fooling USA and making money by blackmailing Americans.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sam

    Thank you Bush, Thank you Oslama, but that you Navy Seals. Now where are all these so called-–peaceful Muslins. In their Hole Moaning.

    May 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. marcm057

    Yeahhh! OooK!! you guys went in there and kill is ass and then couple of hours later trow him into the Ocean? B.S!!!!!!
    no pictures, proof, NOTHING? you Americans are such Mongrols to believe this complete lie!!

    May 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TYLER

    IM GLAD THAT POT SMOKEN terrorist IS DEAD CHOP HIS HEAD OF ON LIVE TV

    May 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. B.McIntosh

    Let's be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Congress just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found him and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!! REPOST IF YOU AGREE!!!!

    May 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. countryboy

    Oh my god! http://WWW.CDBABY.COM/ALL/NUMONE bye now!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. gill

    who is this looney toon and what's the big deal

    May 3, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
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