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Transcript of osama
Osama Bin Laden:
Founder of Al-Qaeda
Bin Laden was born to the family of billionaire Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden in Saudi Arabia.
Member of the Mujahideen, fighting against the Soviet Union
After gaining popularity amongst Arabs, he formed Al-Qaeda
After being pushed out of Saudi Arabia and Sudan, he established a permanent base in Afghanistan
Al-Qaeda vs. USA
Prior to the September 11th attack, the first Al-Qaeda agression towards the US was an attack on the embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda members executed four coordinated attacks, hijacking several planes and crashing them into the two twin towers, the pentagon, and a Virginia field.
After 9/11, the United States initiated the War on Terror, declaring their opposition to Al-Qaeda and their affiliates.
President Obama- Gave order to execute Bin Laden
Secretary Hillary Clinton- directed Seal Team Six in conjunction with the President.
Seal Team Six- Also known as "Night Stalkers," coordianted the attack on Bin Laden's compound
Ayman al-Zawahiri- Second in command to Bin Laden, becomes leader of Al-Qaeda after assassination
Carrying out the Assassination
Bin Laden was heaviy guarded in a military compund located in hostile Pakistan.
The compund was located and mapped by an allied effort between the NSA and the CIA
On May 2nd, 2011, after fast-roping into the compund by helicopter, the SEALs cleared all three floors, killing Bin Laden and four others.
Within 24 hours of his death, Bin Laden was buried at sea in accordance with Islamic custom.
On May 2nd, 2011, President Obama offered an address reporting the death of Bin Laden
While the initial effect of the assassination was mass celebration, there was now a lingering threat of radical revenge from the wounded but still dangerous groups.
The most important detail of this attack is the ironic inspiration it gave to future terrorist groups such as ISIS.
The reason that we have chosen this topic is because it is in direct association with the current geopolitical climate in the Middle East.