Osama bin Laden’s mother, Hamida al-Attas, is a well-known figure. In Syria, she was born and raised in two tiny coastal towns outside the port of Latakia: Omraneya and Babryon, where she lived with her two brothers and another sister, who were all citrus growers.
Seven years after the murder of her son, Osama Bin Laden, the mother of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden talked publicly for the first time about her son.
She spoke to the British publication The Guardian from her family’s house in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where they are currently residing.
He had been a quiet and “nice child” growing up, but had been “brainwashed” at university, she told the newspaper.
He was in Afghanistan at the time of the family’s last sighting, which occurred in 1999 — two years before the September 11 attacks.
After going to the nation in the 1980s to resist the invading Soviet forces, he was already regarded as a significant worldwide terror suspect by the time of his capture.
“Obviously, we were really disappointed. This was something I did not want happen. Who could understand why he would do anything like that?” After learning that her son had become a jihadist terrorist, Ms Ghanem spoke to the media about her feelings.
The Muslim Brotherhood organisation, with which her son became affiliated while studying, she described as a “cult,” according to her son.
After amassing enormous riches via construction, the Bin Laden family has remained one of the most powerful families in Saudi Arabia.
In total, more than 50 children were born to Osama bin Laden’s father, Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, who divorced Alia Ghanem three years after Osama’s birth and had more than 50 children with her.
Immediately following the September 11th attacks, the family claims they were interviewed by the Saudi government, which subsequently restricted their ability to travel and move freely thereafter.
Martin Chulov of the New York Times writes in an op-ed that he believes the Gulf monarchy allowed him permission to talk with Ms Ghanem because top authorities thought it would illustrate that the former al-Qaeda commander was an outcast rather than a state spy, as some have claimed.
He was joined for the interview by his brothers Hassan and Ahmad Bin Laden, both of whom spoke candidly about their astonishment at learning of his role in the September 11th terrorist attacks.
“We were all embarrassed by him, from the smallest to the oldest. Everyone of us was well aware that we were all about to suffer horrendous ramifications. The members of our extended family living overseas returned to Saudi Arabia “In an interview with the newspaper, Ahmad stated that
He also stated that his mother is still “in denial” about Bin Laden, 17 years after the 9/11 attacks, and instead places the blame on those in his immediate vicinity of the terrorist.
The Final Days of Osama Bin Laden
Born in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on May 31, 1957 During a helicopter crash in 1969, his father dies, and his mother leaves him. In Jeddah, he pursues a degree before heading to Afghanistan to battle Soviet soldiers, where he organises his own military regiment.
Al-Qaeda, which means “the basis,” is established in 1988.
After the Soviets withdrew, he returned to Saudi Arabia. When he is exiled from Afghanistan, he and his supporters flee to Sudan, where they subsequently return.
He gets kicked out of his family’s business as a stakeholder in 1993, and the Saudi government revokes his citizenship the same year.
1996: Declares war on US forces
1996-98: Issues a joint fatwa with other Islamists advocating a theological justification for the indiscriminate murder of Americans and Jews around the world. In Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, al-Qaeda is accused of carrying out deadly assaults on US embassies. Airstrikes against his compound in Afghanistan are authorised by the United States of America (US). As a means of staying safe, he begins to travel more frequently.
Attack on the USS Cole warship at a Yemeni port results in the death of seventeen US servicemen in 2000.
Twenty-nine hijackers take control of four commercial aircraft in the United States in 2001. There are three of them, two of which destroy the World Trade Center in New York and a third which strikes the Pentagon. All occupants of the fourth plane perish in a crash near Pennsylvania. Civilians are murdered in large numbers (almost 3,000). In a statement, President George W. Bush declares that Bin Laden is “wanted dead or alive” and starts military operations against Afghanistan.
2002-2010: In late 2001, it was believed that he had fled into Pakistan. Al-Qaeda has released video and audio recordings of Bin Laden on an irregular basis throughout the decade, while the United States continues to seek him down and kill him.
His compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad is raided by US Navy Seals in 2011, and he is shot and killed by them. Also dead are three others who were at the premises. An Islamic funeral is held on board a US aircraft carrier before Bin Laden is laid to rest at sea.