The most intense manhunt in history finally caught up with bin Laden, whose money and rageful preaching inspired the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which killed almost 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, and ripped a hole in America's sense of security in the world.
Reviled in the West as the personification of evil, bin Laden was admired and even revered by some radical Muslims who embraced his vision of unending jihad against the United States and Arab governments he deemed as infidels.
In Image: Osama Bin Laden seen in Saudi traditional dress in this 1988 photo taken in Jeddah. Bin Laden is the prime suspect in the 11 September 2001 suicide attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. AFP PHOTO/HO
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