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Bin Laden: 'an austere dad who loved nature': wife

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  1. MaxShimba

    MaxShimba JF-Expert Member

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    Bin Laden: 'an austere dad who loved nature': wife

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    by Andrew Beatty Andrew Beatty – Fri Oct 16, 12:08 pm ET
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Osama bin Laden was an austere father who banned toys and modern appliances at home, but also a flower-growing nature lover who spoke fluent English and adored fast cars, according to his wife and son.

    In a book to be published at the end of this month, the Al-Qaeda boss's first wife Najwa and fourth son Omar give a rare glimpse into bin Laden's personal life up to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States he is believed to have masterminded.

    They chart bin Laden's transformation from a pious teenage newly-wed to the global face of Islamic extremism, a role that took the family from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan and at one point, Najwa revealed, to the United States.

    Shortly after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, bin Laden and his wife, whom he married aged 17, visited Indianapolis and Los Angeles for a meeting with his mentor, Palestinian cleric Abdullah Azzam.

    "We were only there for only two weeks, and for one of those weeks, Osama was away in Los Angeles to meet with some men in that city," Najwa told the book's co-author Jean Sasson, later recalling the gathering was with Azzam.

    Soon after, bin Laden began to travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet occupation, returning to tell his sons tales of battles in Afghan caves and mountains under Soviet fire.

    He eventually returned to Saudi Arabia a hero, but at home was increasingly disciplinarian, punishing his children -- who eventually numbered more than a dozen -- for transgressions such as "showing too many teeth" while laughing.

    Meanwhile, Najwa was kept in seclusion with Osama's new wives, one of whom she picked, in a spartan home without the mod-cons that make life in the stifling desert lands of Saudi Arabia and Sudan more comfortable.
    "My father would not allow my mother to turn on the air conditioning that the contractor had built into the apartment building," Omar relayed.

    "Neither would he allow her to use the refrigerator that was standing in the kitchen."

    Despite this aversion to modern appliances, bin Laden indulged in his penchant for fast cars, including at least one gold-colored Mercedes. He once even bought a speed boat.

    "Nothing gave him more satisfaction than having a full day to take a speedy drive to the desert, where he would leave his automobile while he took long walks," said Najwa.

    After being forced into exile in Sudan because of his vocal opposition to US troop deployments in Saudi Arabia, bin Laden would later take pride in growing sunflowers as he dodged assassination plots and built the Al-Qaeda network.

    "Osama's favorite undertaking was working the land, growing the best corn and the biggest sunflowers," Najwa said.

    But his love of nature was also colored by growing political fervor.
    He forced the family to spend nights in the desert, with only dirt as cover from the cold. He also forced his sons to climb desert mountains without water to toughen them ahead of more difficult times.

    But there were more lighthearted moments with bin Laden, whom his sons admired as a good horseman, a fluent English speaker -- thanks to his school days -- and a mathematics whiz.


    "My father was so well known for the skill that there were times when men would come to our home and ask him to match his wits against a calculator," Omar said, adding his father usually won.

    They also spoke about a man who loved eating fruit, particularly mangoes, took two sugars in his tea, whose favorite meal was marrow-stuffed zucchini and who liked to listen to BBC radio.

    Spooks will no doubt pour over the book for new clues to bin Laden's habits or whereabouts.
    They will learn he may be able to pilot a helicopter, but also suffers from bouts of malaria and is partially blind in his right eye thanks to a boyhood metalwork injury for which he received treatment in London.
     
  2. MziziMkavu

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    Tafsiri yake ni hii Osama Bin Laden alikuwa baba ambaye austere marufuku leksaker na apparater kisasa nyumbani, lakini pia flower-growing asili lover ambaye alizungumza fluent Kiingereza na adored kufunga magari, kulingana na mke wake na mwana.

    Katika kitabu kuwa kuchapishwa mwishoni mwa mwezi huu, na Al-Qaeda bosi mke wa kwanza wa mwana najwa na nne Omar kutoa nadra Glimpse ndani Bin Laden's binafsi maisha hadi Septemba 11, 2001 mashambulizi dhidi ya Marekani yeye ni wanaaminika ha masterminded.

    Wao chati Bin Laden's mabadiliko kutoka utotoni wema Wed wapya wa kimataifa extremism uso wa Kiislamu, jukumu kwamba alichukua familia kutoka Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan na saa moja mchemko, najwa yateremsha, na Umoja wa Marekani.

    Muda mfupi baada ya Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, Bin Laden na mke wake, ambaye yeye kuolewa umri 17, alitembelea Indianapolis na Los Angeles kwa mkutano na mshauri wake, Palestinian mshemanzi Abdullah Azzam.

    "Sisi tu pale kwa wiki mbili tu, na kwa ajili ya wale wiki moja, Osama alikuwa mbali katika Los Angeles kukutana na baadhi ya watu katika mji huo," najwa aliiambia kitabu's co-author, Jean Sasson, baadaye erinrar kukusanya alikuwa pamoja na Azzam .

    Mara baada, Bin Laden alianza kusafiri kwenda Pakistan na Afghanistan kupambana dhidi ya Kisovyeti ya kikazi, anarudi kuwaambia wanawe hadithi ya vita katika Afghanistan mapango na milima chini ya Kisovyeti ya moto.

    Yeye hatimaye kurudi Saudi Arabia shujaa, lakini nyumbani mara allt disciplinarian, kuwaadhibu watoto wake - ambao hatimaye hesabu zaidi ya dazeni - kwa makosa kama "kuonyesha wengi mno meno" wakati laughing.

    Wakati huo huo, najwa ilitunzwa katika seclusion na Osama's new wake, mmoja ambaye yeye ilichukua, katika Spartan nyumbani bila Mod Africa kwamba kufanya maisha katika jangwa namna ya kuishupazia shingo ardhi ya Saudi Arabia na Sudan vizuri zaidi.
    "Baba yangu hakumruhusu mama yangu na kuviweka kwenye viyoyozi kwamba mkandarasi alikuwa kujengwa katika jengo la ghorofa," Omar relayed.

    "Wala angeweza amruhusu kutumia jokofu kwamba alikuwa amesimama katika kitchen."

    Pamoja na kukataa hii kisasa apparater, Bin Laden indulged katika penchant wake kwa kufunga magari, pamoja na angalau mmoja mwekundu Mercedes dhahabu. Yeye mara moja hata kununua speed boat.

    "Hakuna akampa kuridhika zaidi kuliko kuwa siku kamili kuchukua gari speedy jangwani, ambako angeweza kuondoka bilindustrin yake wakati anatembea alichukua muda mrefu," alisema najwa.

    Baada tvingas uhamishoni nchini Sudan kwa sababu ya upinzani mijadala yake troop deployments Marekani nchini Saudi Arabia, Bin Laden baadae kuchukua kiburi katika kupanda sunflowers kama yeye dodged viwanja na kujengwa mauaji ya Al-Qaeda mtandao.

    "Osama's favorite ikifanya kazi mara nchi, kuongezeka bora nafaka na sunflowers kubwa," najwa alisema.

    Lakini upendo wa asili yake pia alikuwa mwekundu na kukua kisiasa fervor.
    Yeye na familia wanalazimika kutumia usiku katika jangwa, pamoja na uchafu tu kama cover kutoka baridi. Yeye pia kulazimishwa wanawe jangwani kupanda milima bila maji toughen yao mbele ya nyakati ngumu zaidi.

    Lakini kuna wakati walikuwa zaidi kwa lighthearted Bin Laden, ambaye wanawe admired kama horseman nzuri, a fluent msemaji Kiingereza - thanks shule yake ya siku - na hisabati whiz.


    "Baba yangu alikuwa hivyo yanajulikana kwa ustadi kwamba kuna nyakati ambapo wanaume skulle kuja nyumbani kwetu na kuuliza kwake mechi yake dhidi ya Calculator Wits," Omar alisema, akiongeza kawaida baba yake alishinda.

    Pia alizungumza kuhusu mtu ambaye alipenda kula matunda, hususan maembe, alichukua wake wawili sukari katika chai, ambao favorite mlo mara marrow-stuffed Zucchini na ambao walipenda BBC kusikiliza redio.

    Spooks mapenzi hakuna shaka mmwagieni juu ya kitabu kwa dalili mpya Bin Laden's tabia au wapi.
    Wao watajifunza anaweza kuwa na uwezo wa majaribio ya helikopta, lakini pia hutaabika kikohozi wa malaria na ni vipofu delvis katika jicho lake la kulia shukrani kwa kazi ya vyuma boyhood kuumia ambayo yeye alipata matibabu katika London.
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  3. MaxShimba

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    It seems he loved nature to the point of living in caves like panya buku.
     
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