Before the events of 9/11, many citizens of the United States very little about Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. However, the roots and origins of the militant Islamist network, whose name is an Arabic translated for “the Base” goes back to the late 70s. This is when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Since it declared a holy war on America, the Jews and the allies of the United States, al Qaeda were found to have been responsible for almost 3,000 deaths on September 2001. It was also responsible for several other deadly bombings and attack across different countries in the world.
Sources of both Financial and Non-financial Support
Osama bin Laden came from a wealthy Saudi family with lucrative business interests. At the start, it is believed that Osama bin Laden provided vital financial support for the terrorist network. Laden did not support al-Qaeda from his finances. By the time he arrived in Afghanistan, he had been stripped of his assets in Sudan and potential inheritance in Saudi Arabia. Most of the financial and non-financial support for the al-Qaeda has been provided by the Taliban, fundraising networks largely from wealthy Saudi nationals.