Osama bin Laden Assassination
Terrorism is a problem that almost every country in the world has to deal with. The United States has had many terrorist attacks, whether directed towards the military, the government and its property, or people. The United States has dealt with this terrorism on many occasions. A terrorist is someone, often a leader of a group who causes intentional destruction and fear on another person, groups or society, disregarding the safety of the other persons for many times the perpetrators claim to carry out these malicious attacks religious, political or, ideological reasons. On Thursday, October 12, 2000, while refueling at a port in Aden, Yemen, the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole was attacked by two suicide bombers navigating a small motorboat full of explosives. The explosion killed 17 crewmembers and wounded 39 others. The day of the bombing, U.S. President Bill Clinton said in a statement, “If, as it now appears, this was an act of terrorism, it was a despicable and cowardly act.” The attack represented the first major international terrorist attack on a U.S. facility since the 1998 bombings of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the deadliest against a U.S. Naval vessel since the USS Stark came under Iraqi attack in 1987. On September 11, 2001 a horrific event took place that left a scar on the United States. Nineteen militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against the World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon and the last crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. More than two thousand people were killed in this act of terrorism including more than 400 police officers and firefighters. Osama bin Laden denied involvement in the attacks immediately after the attacks, but later confessed to the crimes in a statement issued in 2004. The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. Reportedly, the attacks were financed by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist organization that had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocent people in our country and around the globe. So, America went to an undeclared war against al Qaeda to protect their citizens, and their allies. Terrorists were acting in retaliation for America's support of Israel, continued involvement in the Persian Gulf War, and a continued military presence in the Middle East. A few of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. Others had slipped into the country in the months before September 11 and acted as the muscle in the operation. The terrorist’s easily smuggled weapons onto four flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel to make the long flight. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the planes and took the controls, turning ordinary commuter jets into guided missiles. After the attacks, president George W. Bush delivered a speech in the oval office stated that, "Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve." In a reference to the eventual U.S. military response he declared, "We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them."
Even before his most infamous act of terrorism, bin Laden was a known enemy of the United States. Intelligence sources believe that he was deeply involved in previous bombings and other attacks against the United States and their interests including the 1998 bombings of American embassies, the attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000 and an assassination attempt on President Bill Clinton.
President Barack Obama and Phillip Bobbitt both have strong and differing opinions on the...
...OsamaBinLadenOsamabin Mohammed bin Awad binLaden lived from 1957 until his death in 2011. He was the founder of Al Qaeda, the jihadist organization responsible for the attacks on the United States and numerous other mass casualty attacks against civilian and military targets. For many years he was public enemy number one, and the most wanted man in the world. He was a member of the wealthy Saudi binLaden family, and an ethnic Yemeni Kindite. He was a very tall man who stood about 6’ 6”, and weighed approximately 160 pounds. He had an olive colored skin complexion, with brown hair and brown eyes, and for the most part always grew a long untrimmed beard.
Osamabin Mohammed bin Awad binLaden also known as OsamabinLaden, and Usama binLaden was born March 10, 1957 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to his father Mohammed bin Awad binLaden, and his father’s tenth wife Syrian born Alia Ghanem. Osama was born into a very wealthy family, and was his father’s seventh of 50 children. His father was a billionaire construction businessman with close ties to the Saudi royal family. Osama was the only child born from his father’s...
...American society. OsamabinLaden was the founder of the most well known Islamic militant organizations called Al-Qaeda. His goal was to remove and end American military presence in the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula, end American support for Israel, return East Timor and Kashmir to Muslim rule and overthrow any Arab regimes that he considered corrupt and insufficiently religious. Al-Qaeda is the most innovative and dangerous terrorist group that has ever existed according the American government and all other countries that have been victims of terrorist acts. It has been known to engage in suicide attacks, kidnappings, hijackings and recruiting new members through the Internet. Al-Qaeda’s operating network consists of a multinational, stateless army, and a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling for Jihad. Jihad is an important religious duty of Muslims that involves the protection and keeping of the Islamic faith. In the book, The Age of Sacred Terror, authors Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon provides essential insight into the thinking of binLaden and his followers. Benjamin and Simon talks about bin Laden’s first televised interview with Peter Arnett in March 1997. During his interview he complained and stated, “the truth is that the whole Muslim world is the victim of international terrorism, engineered by America at the United Nations. We are a nation whose sacred symbols have been...
...know the mastermind of OsamaBinLaden was behind plenty of terror attacks to what we all call home, and the destruction from 9/11. In which the tragedy was unexpected, as all are, plenty of innocent lives were taken and devastation was placed in hearts. Yet, to this day, many questions still float around in the minds of Americans and the media as well. Everyone wants to know the reasoning behind such a cowardly act and why were situations extended beyond meanings.
OsamaBinLaden was born in Saudi Arabia into the BinLaden family to his father Mohammed Bin Awad BinLaden, who is also a billionaire. Osama was the founder of Al-Qaeda, the Islamist organization that claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks on the US. Also, they claimed responsibility for the numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets.
The motives behind the attacks have nothing to do with the order to force us to convert to Islam or that they don’t like freedom or that they are envious. Osama stated repeatedly that all the attacks would continue until specific foreign policies (American policy in the Middle East and it’s support of Israel) are stopped. Rumors were spread that all the attacks began because of our religious beliefs. False information only threw citizens into panic. The...
...prominent. None of these are synonymous with good.
OsamaBinLaden lives thousands of miles away, purportedly in a cave, and people are talking about him more than Hillary Clinton who is roaming the streets of New York and Washington D.C. quite publicly, trying to get attention. This is a woman who could be the first female president in U.S. history. Without a doubt then OsamaBinLaden has a far-reaching hand, albeit it in a Darth Vader sort of way.
If you consider influential as a way of looking at whether or not a person is having or has had an impact on a group of people, BinLaden is an obvious choice. He may not impact a person directly, but we must consider the trickle down effect. Those in the military have certainly been touched, and by extension so have their immediate and extended families. The towns in which these families live are full of people who are impacted by the fact that these families live there. In 2003, Time Magazine's Person of the Year was the American Soldier. Would that have happened without BinLaden?
OsamaBinLaden is the most influential person for 2006 because absolutely nothing in our lives is the same as it was the day before we heard his name. That describes a person who has had a profound influence. ...
According to Scheuer Michael (1), OsamaBin-Muhammad bin-Awad binLaden was born in the al-Maz district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 10, 1957. Bin-Laden father was Muhammad bin-Awad binLaden, was born into Yemen’s Kenda tribe around 1908, and his mother Allia Ghanem, she was from a largely secular middle-class Syrian family of Yemeni origin. Osama’s has fifty-two siblings: twenty-eight brothers and twenty-four sisters from his father and four sibling: three brothers and one sister from his mother. The siblings of Osama from his father are:
From mid 1940s to 1950:
Sons: Salem, Ali, Thabit, Mahrous, Hassan, Omar, Bakr, Khaled, Yeslam, Ghalib, Yahya, Abdulaziz, Issa, Tareq.
Daughters: Aysha, Fatima, Sheika, Su’add, Tayyeba, Wafa, Nour.
From 1951 to 1959:
Sons: Ahmad, Ibrahim, Shafiqi, Osama, Khalil, Saleh, Haider.
Daughters: Salma, Zeenat, Ruqqueiya, Randa, Zubaida, Najiah, Samiah, Muna, Saleha, Mariam, Fowaziyah, Raja, Huda, Seema.
From 1959 to 1967
Sons: Saad, Abdullah, Yasir, Mohammad.
Daughters: Raedah, Eman, Aetedal, Sahar, Iiham, Sana’a, Malak, Muneera.
From Osama mother:
Son: Ahad Mohammad, the rest are unknown and Daughter’s name is Fatima Mohammed al-Attas.
According to Scheuer Michael (1), Osama...
Death of OsamabinLaden: Effect on Al-Qaeda
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
Death of OsamabinLaden: Effect on Al-Qaeda
It is difficult to ascertain the existing information in relation to Osamabin Laden’s childhood since most sources of information about him are unreliable. Osama, as commonly referred, was born on 10th March, 1957 in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh (Amidon, 2011). Before forming Al-Qaeda in 1988, binLaden was a member of mujahedeen forces in Pakistan where he helped mujahedeen funding them with money, arms and fighters to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. As a leader of Al-Qaeda, Osama was motivated by a conviction that United State’s foreign policy oppressed, exploited, harmed or otherwise killed Muslims in the Middle East. To accomplish his own objectives, binLaden raged war against the Americans through initiating series of bombings and suicidal attacks the American citizens (Bowden, 2012). This lead the United States to declare war against Al-Qaeda and other global Islamist militia. May 1, 2011, the world witness the death of OsamabinLaden, after the SEAL Team Six ambushed Osama’s residence in Abbottbad killing him on the Spot (Inkster, 2012). This paper...
...Why Muslims do not take binladen as a hero?
OsamaBinLaden is dead. The U.S. government has been on his trail for almost 13 years and after America offered $25 million on his head—dead or alive he simply became the target of the largest manhunt ever taken in the history of mankind. But not everyone celebrated Bin Laden’s death. Not everyone saw him as a terrorist, in fact, some thought of him as a hero. Although BinLaden may be regarded as a hero, but by killing innocent civilians, hijacking the noble religion and culture of Islam, and pushing the Al-Qaeda's mentally challenged individuals as suicide bombers he has to be considered as a true terrorist.
The debate about BinLaden is a big and a very controversial one. Some people, like the Afghanistan people, might think that binladen is a hero for taking revenge for Muslims from America. They might believe that by planning for the 9/11 events, BinLaden showed America that Muslims can fight back. Also, the fact that he was killed without a trial made a lot of people question whether it was the right thing to do or not. According to Ortiz and Kirschbaum's article from Reuters, Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero went the farthest, becoming the first European leader to say openly that...
...variations of bin Laden's name
Because there is no universally accepted standard in the West for transliterating Arabic words and names into English, bin Laden's name is transliterated in many ways. The version often used by most English-language mass media is OsamabinLaden. Most American government agencies, including the FBI and CIA, use either "Usama binLaden" or "Usamabin Ladin", both of which are often abbreviated to UBL. Less common renderings include "Ussamah Bin Ladin" and "Oussama Ben Laden" (French-language mass media). The latter part of the name can also be found as "Binladen" or "Binladin".
Strictly speaking, Arabic linguistic conventions dictate that he be referred to as "Osama" or "OsamabinLaden", not "binLaden," as "BinLaden" is not used as a surname in the Western manner, but simply as part of his name, which in its entirety means "Osama, son of Mohammed, son of 'Awad, son of Laden". However, the binLaden family (or "Binladin", as they prefer to be known) do generally use the name as a surname in the Western style. Consequently "binLaden" has become nearly universal in Western references to him, Arabic convention...