The name Osama Bin Laden is synonymous with terrorism and the jihad movement that destroyed and took the lives of many all over the world. His organization Al Qaeda spread terror and vile evil all over the world.
Millions of lives were lost due to him and his organization and their terrorist ideals. When he was killed by United States Navy SEALs in a top-secret mission conducted by the US Government almost every news media and tabloid sources covered the incident.
After this, Bin Laden became known all over the world and media reported on his death, his life and all of his evil work but there are still some facts about Bin Laden which we have listed below.
10 Unknown Facts About Osama Bin Laden
1. Bin Laden Wrote To Former POTUS Barack Obama Urging Him To Act Against Climate Change
Although Osama Bin Laden killed a lot of people he wrote a letter to Barack Obama urging him to act against climate change and “save humanity”. The letter was not delivered to Obama but was seized from his hideout in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.
The chief of the terrorist organization wrote unsigned the letter to the American People. The released documents contained information suggesting that he was worried about the environment.
2. He Is The Most Expensive Assassination Target In History
Bin Laden was the most notorious terrorist in the world and it is no surprise that the cost of finding him and killing him was expensive but few people knew that the cost the US government more than most countries have GDPs.
In fact, the total cost of his death was around a staggering $450 billion. Similarly, the wars that he dragged the US into also cost them a lot. As a matter of fact, the Iraq invasion cost the US $800 billion.
3. There Was A $25 Million Price Tag For Intel On Osama Bin Laden
Bin Laden was the most wanted man in all the world and he was especially a nuisance against the US as they were his main targets. This is why the US government had put a $25 million price tag on his head or on intel of his location and operations.
Many people claimed the prize money claiming that they gave the Government the information of his location after his death but were unsuccessful in claiming the money.
4. He Grew Pot In His Abbottabad Compound
After his death on May 2, 2011 authorities searched his compound that was his residential an operative location before his death and found marijuana plants growing all over his compound. There is no evidence to suggest that he smoked the pot himself.
Likewise, many media outlets have claimed that he smoked weed but this information should be taken with a pinch of salt.
5. His Death Has Not Been Confirmed By Any Physical Evidence
Propaganda is a well-known tool used by governments in the world and a lot of sources have come forth and speculated that the US used propaganda to fake Osama Bin Laden’s death and he is still alive.
Some sources have also assumed that Osama escaped the assassination attempt and killed a body double in his place. All of this speculation is due to the fact that no physical evidence of his death has been released to the media.
6. His Father Was A Yemeni Construction Mogul Who Immigrated Into Saudi Arabia
Bin Laden’s father was a construction tycoon and was a very rich man in fact he did not experience hardships during his childhood and was brought up in a very privileged way.
He inherited a fortune from his father, totaling around $25 to $30 million. He used this money to support his terrorist organization.
7. Bin Laden Ran His Terrorist Organization From Sudan After Being Expelled From Saudi Arabia
Laden went to Saudi Arabia and started running Al Qaeda from Sudan with a fortune of more than $20 million that he had amassed from various sources.
Similarly, he relocated to Afghanistan where he linked up with the Taliban and was eventually killed in Pakistan.
8. There Are Allegations That The CIA Assisted Bin Laden
During the Soviet-Afghan War, the USA poured in millions of dollars to help armed Mujahideen groups to fight against the communist Soviet Union.
Bin Laden also fought in the war from Afghanistan’s side and some sources have suggested that the CIA covertly and discreetly help Bin Laden back in those days.
9. He Did Not Initially Admit He And Al Qaeda Were Behind The World Trade Center Attacks Until 2004
On September 11, 2001, four commercial flights were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists who crashed the planes into various buildings and places. The twin towers were the most famous landmark that was affected by the attacks.
In total, the attacks killed over 2996 people and affected many months and years after the attacks. Initially Bin Laden did not take responsibility for the attacks but later in 2004 confirmed that it was his and Al Qaeda’s work.
10. Osama Bin Laden Was A Huge Sports Fan And Supported Arsenal
While most of his passions and beliefs were inclined towards terrorist activities, Bin Laden had an interest in sports too and passionately watched English football.
He was a supporter of Arsenal F.C and even attended games in their stadium when he visited London in 1994.