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Eleazar Francis Paolo Quina Eng 10 WF February 21, 2014

Report: Osama bin Laden declared war against America

Billionaire, construction magnate, Islamic militant and the founder of a pro-jihad organization named Al-Qaeda, Usmah bin Muhammad bin `Awad bin Ldin also known as Osama bin Laden, declared war against the United States of America Occupying the land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries last August 23, 1996. This was confirmed from the documents spreading all over the world through fax. This document was signed on the said date, faxed to different parts of the world on the same day, but was published in newspapers 8 days after (August 31, 1996). The document was written and signed while bin Laden was on his hide-out somewhere in the caves of Afghanistan. This cave was said to be built using heavy construction machinery and with computers and advanced communication devices. Osama bin Laden was the one accused for multiple suicide bombings happening in different parts of the world, mostly in the United States, the 9-11 Twin Tower Tragedy, and some bombings in The Pentagon. But all of these accusations were denied by him and instead stated in his declaration of war that he and his people, the Muslims, are the ones being treated as the main target of the Americans and their allies. He said that the Muslim blood seemed like something with no importance at all. Multiple massacres involving Muslims death made him stand up for his people. The blood of his people flowing in the lands of Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Burma, Kashmir, Assam, Philippines, Pattani, Ogaden, Somalia, Eritrea, Chechnya,

2 and Bosnia-Herzegovina, where multiple cases of butchery and massacre had been reported made him more furious. The said declaration document summed up his belief that there is nothing more imperative after faith, than to repel the aggressor who corrupts religion, life, unconditionally, as far as possible. It was also included in his document that the United Nations was unjust and pretentious. Another factor that he mentioned was the land of the two holy sanctuaries where the Muslims pray were being occupied by the Americans, giving no place for them to worship. He thought that their human rights faded away so easily. In the last part of his declaration was a prayer of him lifting all his decisions to Allah and that may Allah be praised and glorified after all that has happened.

Works Cited:

Tristam, Pierre. "When and Why did Bin Laden Declare War on the United States in 1996?." About.com Middle East Issues. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. <http://middleeast.about.com/od/terrorism/f/binladen-jihad-faq.htm>.

Tristam, Pierre. "Text of Bin laden's 1996 Declaration of Jihad Against the United States." About.com Middle East Issues. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. <http://middleeast.about.com/od/terrorism/a/bin-laden-jihad.htm>.

"terrorismfiles.org : Declaration of Jihad by Osama Bin Laden against the US."terrorismfiles.org : Declaration of Jihad by Osama Bin Laden against the US. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. <http://www.terrorismfiles.org/individuals/d