A brief look at how Osama bin Laden terrorized the Western world with a series of deadly attacks after emerging from the ranks of a wealthy Saudi Arabian family to create and lead a global terrorist network.
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Last updated: 07/12/11 at 02:11 PM
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President Obama told the world that Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. special forces following an assault on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
President Obama authorized special forces to proceed, then two days later observes the raid with top administration officials in the White House situation room. President Obama began meetings on the situation in March. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama was informed about a residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan where it was believed that a "high value target" is living. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
U.S. officials learned the identity of one of bin Laden's courier's who would eventually lead them to bin Laden. (AP Photo)
A U.S. air strike killed one of bin Laden's top commanders, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. (AP Photo/Joao Silva, Pool)
Four explosions hit London's transit system, killing more than 35 people and wounding at least 700 others.
Al-Qaida's number 3, Abu Faraj al-Libbi was arrested by Pakistani special forces and turned over to the CIA. (AP Photo/Jane Mingay, File)
Bombs exploded on commuter trains in the Spanish capital, Madrid, killing at least 190 people.
In a new tape attributed to bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader reportedly offered a truce to European countries that did not interfere in the affairs of Muslims. (AP Photo/Paul White)
9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in Pakistan. He reportedly gave interrogators information on bin Laden couriers. (AP Photo/File)
Two bombs exploded in a crowded nightclub area on the Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people, including 28 British citizens. Authorities blamed an al-Qaida-linked group for the attack. (AP Photo)
Passengers on a transatlantic flight from Paris to Miami prevented bin Laden-sympathizer Richard Reid from detonating explosives concealed in his shoes. (AP Photo/Plymouth County Jail, File)
The U.S. and its allies believed bin Laden was hiding in a cave complex known as Tora Bora in Afghanistan's White Mountains. Despite a military engagement that resulted in Taliban and al-Qaida positions in the area being overrun, bin Laden escaped. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
Al-Qaida hijackers flew two passenger planes into the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York City and a third plane into the Pentagon, the U.S. military's headquarters outside Washington. A fourth hijacked plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. In total, some 3,000 men, women and children died in the attacks. Bin Laden later released a tape in which he took responsibility. (AP Photo/Jim Collins, File)
Suicide attackers rammed a boat full of explosives into the hull of the USS Cole in Yemen, killing 17 U.S. sailors and wounding more than 30 others. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
Twin bomb explosion at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people and wounded 4,500 others.
Then-U.S. President Bill Clinton declared bin Laden "Public Enemy Number One." (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
A truck bomb destroyed Khobar Towers, a U.S. military residence in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American soldiers. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)
Terrorists linked to al-Qaida exploded a truck bomb in a parking garage underneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The blast killed six people, but failed to bring down the towers. (AP Photo/Je Tabacca, File)
A bomb exploded at a hotel in Yemen shortly after a group of U.S. soldiers left. Intelligence officials later determined this was bin Laden's first attack. (Reuters photo)
The arrival of U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia to help defend Kuwait, invaded by Iraq, angered bin Laden. He clashed with Saudi authorities and was forced to leave for Sudan, where he set up a base of operations for al-Qaida. (1991 AP Photo)
Osama bin Laden used his share of his family's wealth to form his own militia force called al-Qaida, meaning "the base" in Arabic. (AP Photo)
The former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Bin Laden, like many Muslims, left home to join the fight against the Soviets. His role was to provide logistical support to the Afghan mujahedin Islamic fighters who were supported by the U.S. (1987 AP-Photo/Bob Martin)
Osama bin Laden was born on March 10, one of more than 50 children of a wealthy Saudi construction magnate. Raised in the opulence of Saudi Arabia's upper class, bin Laden went on to pursue an engineering degree and seemed headed for work in the family business.