Osama bin Laden‘s New York Times obituary went up Sunday night, almost immediately after President Obama announced that the Al Qaeda leader had been killed during a U.S. operations. And it’s a long one.
The article first details how long we have been searching for Bin Laden:
Long before Sept. 11… American officials considered Bin Laden at least in part responsible for the killing of American soldiers in Somalia and in Saudi Arabia; the first attack on the World Trade Center, in 1993; the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia; and a foiled plot to hijack a dozen jets, crash a plane into the C.I.A. headquarters and kill President Bill Clinton… After the bombings of two American Embassies in East Africa in August 1998, President Clinton declared Bin Laden “Public Enemy No. 1.”
Some details from Bin Laden’s childhood:
The elder Bin Laden [Osama's father] died in a plane crash when Osama was 10. The siblings each inherited millions…and led a life of near-royalty. Osama… grew up playing with Saudi princes and had his own stable of horses by age 15.