Osama bin Laden

Direct

Choices made by bin Laden.

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden is born

1957

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden is born, or more commonly known as Osama bin Laden or simply bin Laden.

Studies economics and management at King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah

1976

bin Laden involved in Peshawar

1984

bin Laden supported volunteering Arabs to fight against the Soviets

Al-Quaida founded by Osama bin Laden

1988

Bin Laden family expels Osama as shareholder in its complex of businesses

1993

Saudi Arabia revokes bin Laden's citizenship

1994

Saudi Arabia claims bin Laden has links to car bombing in Riyadh

1995

6 were killed, including 5 americans. a further 60 were wounded.

Bin Laden leaves Sudan for Afghanistan

1996

bin Laden issues a fatwa against all USA military personnel, and all of their allies.

bin Laden added to FBI top 10 most wanted list

1998

two truck bombings at USA embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 people,including 12 Americans.

Al-Qaida claims responsibility for strike on US destroyer Cole

2000

seventeen American soldiers killed.

9/11

2001

Hijacked planes destroy the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Centre and target the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000. President George W Bush says he is wanted "dead or alive"

bin Laden claims he was the mastermind behind 9/11

October 2004

18-minute video sent to al-Jazeera in which Bin Laden claims credit for the first time for orchestrating 9/11 and attacks Bush days before US presidential election. Claims inspiration for attack was Israeli aircraft bombing tower blocks in the Lebanon in 1982

bin Laden sends taped message to US

2010

2010, March Bin Laden claims in taped message that al-Qaida will kill any American prisoners if the US executes September 11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

bin Laden sends taped message to France

2011

Bin Laden says in taped message that French hostages held in Niger will not be freed unless France pulls troops out of all Muslim lands

Osama bin Laden is claimed dead

May 1, 2011

Barack Obama announces Bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan

Indirect

Things that happened out of Osama's control, things he did not choose.

bin Laden's father dies

1970

Awad bin Laden, Osama's billionaire father, dies.

Soviet Union invade Afghanistan

1979

Al-Jazeera praises bin Laden

September 2002

Al-Jazeera praises Al-Qaida's attack on the twin towers and how they 'changed the course of history.

Al-Qaida claims responsibility for 3 suicide car bombs

November 2002

Al-Qaida claims responsibility for three suicide car bombs at the Mombasa Paradise resort hotel, killing 15 and wounding 80