PHOTOS: The Life Of Osama Bin Laden

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Terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a military operation in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on Sunday. The U.S. Seal Team Six (ST6) led the assault that lasted 40 minutes.Born to a wealthy family in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was raised as a devout Wahhabi Muslim. It was in 1979 after leaving college that bin Laden joined Abdullah Azzam to fight the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan and in 1988 he is believed to have started al-Qaeda.

There have been many false reports in the past of bin Laden’s death, now its been confirmed by President Obama. We’ve gathered images of crucial moments in the life on Bin Laden who was long on the FBI’s Most Wanted list since the 90s.

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title=”In 1979 Bin Laden (not pictured) fought the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. From 1979 – 1989 his Islamic Jihad Mujahideen are said to have received CIA aid, arms and training through Operation Cyclone”
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title=”Osama bin Laden is seen in Afghanistan in this April 1998 picture. He was investigated for his involvement in the 1998 Kenyan and Tanzanian U.S. embassy explosions”
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title=”U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White (right) joins Lewis Schiliro, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York office, to announce the indictments of Osama Bin Laden for the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings”
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title=”Osama bin Laden listens as his top deputy Ayman al-Zawahri in an image made from undated video tape broadcast on April 15, 2002″
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title=”A Pakistan’s religious leaders, addresses anti-U.S. rally in Peshawar, Pakistan. Religious students gathered chanting “death to America” and “long life to Osama bin Laden””
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title=”Bin Laden is seen at the wedding of his son Mohammed bin Laden (centre). The bride’s father is seated on the left. The ceremony took place on Jan. 9, 2001 in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar”
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title=”Pakistani shoppers browse magazines with a picture of Osama bin Laden on the cover at a book stand in the centre of Islamabad, Pakistan days after the U.S. attacks, Sept. 20, 2001″
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title=”A French newspaper reported on a leaked document from the French government, that said the Saudi government believed 52-year-old Bin Laden had died of typhoid in 2001″
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title=”In a frame grab released by the Department of defence, Dec. 13, 2001, Osama bin Laden (centre) is shown talking about the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks”
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title=”The compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. tier-one counter-terrorism force, Seal Team Six (ST6)”
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