May 2 - Review of life of Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, who has been killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan. Nick Rowlands reports.
President Barack Obama announced late on Sunday evening that Osama Bin Laden has been killed in a US Special Forces raid in Pakistan. Bin Laden called for jihad, or holy war, against the United States following the 1990-91 Gulf War in which US forces were deployed in Saudi Arabia. The United States has linked Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network to a string of deadly attacks around the world, that have killed thousands. The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York, in which six people were killed and more than 1000 injured. The 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania which killed 224 and wounded 4000. The September 11 2001 airliner attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon, in which some 3000 people died. The 2002 Bali nightclub bombing which killed 202 people. Osama Bin Laden was born in 1957, 17th of a rich Saudi businessman's 57 children. During the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan he made his name raising funds for the Afghan resistance, and channelling Arab volunteers to fight alongside the mujahideen. He moved to Sudan in 1991 but was expelled five years later. Disowned by his family and stripped of his Saudi citizenship in 1994, Bin Laden later took shelter with the Taliban in Afghanistan. But despite capturing his main base in the Tora Bora mountains of eastern Afghanistan in 2002, the US-led invasion failed to unearth Bin Laden himself. US forces have been actively hunting Bin Laden for over a decade, and there was a $50 million reward for information leading to his capture. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.