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The life of Osama Bin Laden

2 May 2011 Last updated at 07:10 BST

Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US forces in Pakistan.

Born in 1957, Osama Bin Laden grew up in a rich Saudi Arabian construction family. However, he turned his back on his comfortable life and took up arms against the Soviet Union in the 1980s when its forces occupied Afghanistan.

He declared war on the United States in 1998, angry at the presence of American troops on what he considered Muslim soil in the Middle East. Rachel Harvey reports on his life.