Thursday, July 02, 2009

Bin Laden in America

The New Yorker:

"The question of whether Osama bin Laden has ever visited the United States, a subject on which I have expended an unhealthy amount of energy in the course of various journalistic and biographical research, has now seemingly been settled. Osama was here for two weeks in 1979, it seems, and he visited Indiana and Los Angeles, among other places. He had a favorable encounter with an American medical doctor; he also reportedly met in Los Angeles with his spiritual mentor of the time, the Palestinian radical Abdullah Azzam. All this is according to a forthcoming book by Osama’s first wife, Najwa Bin Laden, and his son Omar Bin Laden, to be published in the autumn by St. Martin’s Press."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi! This is Jean Sasson. I spent the last 15 months working with Najwa and Omar to make certain that this very important story saw the light of day. The book not only fills in many gaps, questions raised by so many of us since 9/11 but it also creates understanding of how innocent family members can be. I think everyone will be amazed at the private life of Osama Bin Laden, something he guarded so carefully, but no more!