The History Channel: Targeted: Osama Bin Laden
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Featuring former and current CIA agents, Special Forces soldiers, Washington insiders, and best-selling authors such as Mark Bowden ("Black Hawk Down"), Steve Coll ("Ghost Wars"), Phillip Smucker ("Al Qaeda's Great Escape"), and Simon Reeve ("The New Jackals"), we take a feature-length groundbreaking look at the hunt for the world's #1 archenemy. Filmed in 10 countries around the world, we trace Bin Laden's rise through the Jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan to his present incarnation.
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Osama supplied money to those resisting the Soviets in Afghanistan, along with the Saudi Arabian government. Jihadists were recruited for $300/month. Billions went to the jihadists via Pakistan's ISI; it is also important to note the ISI didn't like Massoud because he didn't fit in with their post-invasion plans.
Bin Laden then built camps near the border with Pakistan for Arab fighters. Surrounded by the Soviets and attacked for nearly a week, Osama and his group mostly survived and became heroes in the Arab world.
Bin Laden became furious at the Saudi Arabian government for turning down his offer to repel Hussein's invasion of Kuwait and instead allowing infidels (U.S. and others) to occupy Saudi soil. His preaching against the government led to his banishment and moving to Sudan.
Bin Laden undertook construction projects in Sudan, and again set up terrorist training camps. Eventually the Sudanese offered to give him to Saudi Arabia (turned down - they feared a revolution if they acted against him), and then the U.S. (also turned down because our legal system had not yet built a "sufficient case" against bin Laden).
Bin Laden moved back to Afghanistan and threw in with the Taliban. In the Spring of 1988 the CIA readied an attack on bin Laden using local commandos and electronic intercept information; this was scrapped by U.S. leaders fearing civilian casualties. Bin Laden next bombed our embassies in Nairobi and Tanzania. Bin Laden evaded retaliatory cruise missile strikes after being warned by the head of Pakistan's ISI.
President Clinton passed on another opportunity to get bin Laden while at a hunting trip - the concern was harming UAE leaders also in attendance.
Then came the U.S.S. Cole bombing, via Afghanistan's training camp veterans. A CIA-supported effort by Massoud to kill bin Laden then failed.
Despite material on Ramzi Yousef's computer documenting plans to hijack an airplane and fly it into CIA headquarters, the CIA then failed to report the presence of two of the hijackers within the U.S., and the path is set for 9/11.
After the U.S. attack on Afghanistan, bin Laden called a meeting of tribal leaders in Jalabad, called (and paid) for their support, and then left in a convoy of 300-400 vehicles. Interviews with an Arab who shared a cave with bin Laden in the Tora Bora area supports a conclusion that bin Laden had already left prior to the U.S. and warlord attack on Tora Bora. At least one of the tribal leaders the U.S. was counting on had been coaxed over to bin Laden's side and failed to block any escapes.
No Al Qaeda or Taliban top leadership have defected as of this point, despite a multimillion price on his head. Experts believe simply killing bin Laden would make him a martyr and lead to wide-spread suicide attacks - we must now capture him like Hussein. Meanwhile, 20 of the 23 countries that supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq have been attacked by terrorists.
in real life, bin laden married his cousin, he was actually inbred and his parents were related, he has had over 50 wives, some of whom are under 18 years of age which makes him a petaphyle.