Osama bin Laden: leader of Al-Qaeda

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Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 1957.

He was born into a very wealthy family.

He followed a strict religious and social code.

To Osama bin Laden, Islam was more than just a religion, it shaped his political beliefs and influenced every decision he made.

Bin Laden in Afghanistan

When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Osama bin Laden joined the Afghan resistance believing it was his duty as a Muslim to fight against the Soviet occupation.

Using money and weapons from the USA, he began training Mujahideen fighters.