Mother Bin laden: ’He was gebrainwasht by cult”

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NEW YORK – Nearly seventeen years after the attacks of ’september 11’ talk to the mother of Osama Bin laden for the first time. She tells them that her son first, a brave boy was. “To the wrong people met.”

Osama Bin laden in a photo from 1988. He was a dear boy, tells his mother, until he gebrainwasht’ was.

September 11, 2001. Two hijacked planes drilling into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, a third endorse the Pentagon, near Washington, D. C., and a fourth crashes near Shanksville. 3,000 people come to life. A gruesome attack, according to the U.S. conceived by Al-Qaida head Osama bin laden.

His mother was silent all those years. Until now. In an exclusive interview with The Guardian tells Alia Ghanem, sitting in an ornate chair, dressed in a colorful robe and a red hijab. Her son was a wealthy businessman who was part of an influential Saudi family. A family who, by the way, that had good contacts with the royal family. The grotesque is also Ghanem is not strange.

“I have a very difficult life, because Osama always so far away from me,” says Alia. “He was such a brave boy and loved so much of me. But when he was in his early twenties was that he met the wrong people. He was gebrainwasht.”


The mother recalls Osama especially as a shy boy who did well at the King Abdulaziz University, where he studied economy. “He proved to be a strong, driven, pious young man, but it was during his time at the university that he was radicalised. Some of the people at the university changed him. A cult, as you call it. He was a different man.”

One of the men where Ghanem refers to, is Abdullah Azzam, a member of the muslim brotherhood that later from Saudi Arabia was banned and one of the spiritual advisors of osama Bin laden was. “I told him always that he is of such men had to stay away. He was in front of me, never admit what he was doing, because he so loved me.”

Had Ghanem ever see it coming that her son is a terrorist would be? “No, never. We were also extremely evil. I wanted to not that this would happen. Why would he just throw away?”


The family saw Osama for the last time in 1999, in Afghanistan. “He was so happy to receive us. He guided us every day, killed an animal, and we had a big party.”

At that time, leave Ghanem the room for a rest and pick up her two sons, Ahmad and Hassan (his half brothers of Osama) the interview. “It is important to know,” said Ahmad, “that a mother rarely an objective witness. The attacks are now seventeen years ago, and yet she is still in denial about her son. She saw him so happy, and she refuses him the debt. Instead they blame everyone around him. She knows only his good side, the side that we all here were able to see. But he also had a other side.”

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