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Updated Links: Background and His Death
Who is Osama bin Laden?
Related bin Laden Links
Osama bin Laden: Islamic Extremist Financier
Gary Price put up this CIA assessment, released to the media in 1996, provides background information on bin Laden, including his involvement in the resistance to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and how he became a prominent figure in supporting the resistance. It also provides information on the nature of his terrorist activities -- including the Islamic Salvation Foundation (Al-Qaida), collaboration with other extremist groups. Available as a .pdf file.
Terrorism and Osama bin Laden
A 1999 report from the Center for Nonproliferation Studies detailing bin Laden's efforts to acquire nuclear materials.
The UK's Bin Laden Dossier
A great quick-reference backgrounder on bin Laden.