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The war is between us and the Jews. Any country that steps into the same trench as the Jews has only itself to blame.
bin Laden, May 2002

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, a.k.a. “The Emir”, was a “wound collector”-type proxy killer, homegrown terrorist, and also the 1st General Emir of al-Qaeda, a Middle Eastern terrorist cell responsible for the September 11 attacks.


Osama bin Laden was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 10, 1957, to his father, Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, and his mother, Hamida bin Laden (née al-Attas). He studied at the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia until 1979, when he joined Mujahideen forces in Pakistan. In 1988, he founded a group he names al-Qaeda, which in Arabic means “the base.”

Known Victims[]

Personal Victims

  • March 10, 1994, unspecified location in Libya: Silvan Becker and his wife Vera (both were shot by him and other Al-Qaeda members)
    • Silvan Becker (a BfV agent)
    • Vera Becker

Victims by Proxy

  • December 29, 1992, Aden, Yemen: The hotel bombings:
    • The Gold Mohur Hotel bombing:
      • An unnamed Austrian tourist (killed)
      • An unnamed hotel employee (killed)
      • Four unnamed Austrian tourists (injured)
    • The Aden Mövenpick Hotel bombing:
      • Three unnamed tourists (injured)
  • February 26, 1993, New York City, New York: 6 people and one unborn child killed, 1,042 injured (The World Trade Center bombing committed by Ramzi Yousef, Eyad Ismoil, Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammed A. Salameh)
  • November 17, 1997: Luxor massacre: 62 killed, 26 injured (financed the massacre)
  • August 7, 1998, Kenya and Tanzania: United States embassy bombings: 224 killed, 4,000+ injured
  • October 12, 2000, Aden, Yemen: USS Cole bombing: 17 killed, 39 injured
  • September 11, 2001, USA: 2,977 Americans killed, thousands injured (committed by 19 hijackers)
  • April 11, 2002, Djerba, Tunisia: Ghriba synagogue bombing: 19 killed, 30+ injured

Suspected victims

  • June 25, 1996, Khobar, Saudi Arabia: Khobar Towers bombing:
    • 19 US Air Force servicemen
    • 372 Americans wounded

On Criminal Minds[]

  • Season Nine
    • "200" - Bin Laden was mentioned repeatedly throughout the episode. JJ and Cruz were tasked with finding him in Afghanistan in 2010.