Finally, Aliya Ghanem, the mother of Osama bin Laden, founder and leader of al-Qaeda, appeared in a Western media outlet seven years after the death of her son at his Abbottabad residential compound, to break her silence and speak about her son who kept the international intelligence services on their toes for more than a decade.
What’s most interesting are the details she revealed about visiting her son in Afghanistan in 1999, two years before the September 11 attacks.
On this exciting visit, Al Arabiya English sheds light on the reasons for this visit and its implications, revealing more of Bin Laden’s secret life and his relationship with his mother Aliya Ghanem “Al Alawiya”, along with her husband Mohammed Al-Attas, who had a crucial role in the life of the al-Qaeda leader.
In Omar Bin Laden’s memoirs entitled “He’s Bin Laden”, co-written with his mother Najwa Ghanem, the nephew of Aliya Ghanem, Osama’s mother, the search focused on getting more information about the nature of the family relationship, which Osama had with his mother Aliya Ghanem “Al Alawiya” and his stepfather Mohammed Al Attas.
According to the description of al-Qaeda leader Osama, his mother, Aliya Ghanem, was a “strong and strict woman,” but her marriage to Osama’s father, Mohammed Awad bin Laden, did not last long after she asked for a divorce after losing a child in her second pregnancy.
Osama bin Laden would become the only child his mother had, after he lost a brother or a sister, following the injury of his mother who had an accident when operating the washing machine where she suffered from a trauma in the chest and belly.
Aliya took her son Osama, who was a child at the time and left the Bin Laden family compound. She lived with her husband Mohammed al-Attas, who became Osama’s step farther. Aliya and her husband became the secret circle of Osama and his source of nurturing and protection.
According to Omar bin Laden, "My father never left my mother’s house except for some visits to the Bin Laden compound,” adding that “although Mohammed al-Attas worked for Bin Laden, his private life remained separate from him, and my grandmother left the inner circle of the Bin Laden’s family, as well as my father, until he became a teenager and returned to the family on a more routine basis.”
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