Omar bin Laden, the son of one of the most fearsome terrorists in history and founder of Al-Qaeda, spoke in Qatar with the daily the sun about the bloody relationship he had with his father and the traumas that remained from that bond.
The one who was the favorite son of Osama bin Laden relieved the British media that during his childhood in Tora Bora (Afghanistan), their beloved pets were used to test chemical weapons. Also that he was taught to shoot an AK-47 assault rifle in the terrorists’ training camps.
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“I saw it,” he recalls in dialogue with the journalist Oliver Harvey about the horrible experiments performed by his father’s henchman. “They tried it on my dogs and I didn’t like it… I try to forget all the bad moments as much as possible. It is very difficult. You suffer all the time.”
Omar, 41, who turned his back on his jihadist father before the attacks of September 11, 2001, considers himself “one more victim”.
Now it paints as a kind of therapy. Sell your works for up to £8,500 each. “My favorite subject is mountains after living in Afghanistan for five years,” she says. “They give me a sense of security, like I’m untouchable.”
Love and hate
Omar is married to Zaina bin Laden, formerly known as Jane Felix-Browne, a former Moulton Parish Councillor, in Cheshire, England, with whom he lives in Normandy, France.
Zaina, a 67-year-old woman who has been married six times, describes Omar as “his soul mate” and tells that the man suffers “very strong traumas, stress and panic attacks”which led him to Consult therapists and they will prescribe medication.
“Omar loves and hates Osama at the same time. He loves him because he is his father, but he hates what he has done.”Zaina points out.
Omar left Afghanistan in April 2001, just five months before al-Qaeda hijacked and crashed four commercial airliners traveling from the northeastern United States to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Recalling his last conversation with his father, he revealed: “I said goodbye and he said goodbye to me. He was already fed up with that world. He was not happy that I was leaving ”.
They never spoke again. Omar was in Qatar on May 2, 2011, when he learned that US Navy Seals had killed his father in a safe house in Pakistan. He did not shed tears for his murdered father.
He recognized the body of his brother Khalid from internet photos of the raided compound in the city of Abbottabad.
“I thought that everything was over and that I was not going to suffer anymore. And I was wrong, because people still judge me today.”bill.
It also says that he would have liked a funeral, by way of closure. The official US version is that bin Laden’s body was thrown into the sea from the USS Carl Vinson super-aircraft carrier 24 hours after his death.
However, Omar doubts this version, and adds: “It would have been much better to bury my father and know where his body is. But they didn’t give us the opportunity. I don’t know what they did to him. They say they threw it into the sea, but I don’t believe it. I think they took his body to the United States, so people could see it.”
A nomadic childhood
Omar, son of Osama bin Laden and his first wife Najwa, was born in Saudi Arabia in March 1981.
In 1991, bin Laden was expelled from Saudi Arabia for his tirades against the United States after forming al-Qaeda to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in 1988.
The family moved to Sudan, in North Africa, where many of bin Laden’s jihadist fighters worked in his farm and road-building businesses. The Al Qaeda leader had a sunflower farm.
The United States accused bin Laden Sr. of running terrorist training camps in Sudan, where the authorities asked him to leave.
In May 1996 I was back in the mountains of Tora Bora, Afghanistan, and chose 15-year-old Omar to accompany him. Later his mother and brothers joined him. There they lived in freezing huts and with limited rations, he recalls.
In the five years he spent in Afghanistan, Omar he learned to shoot a Kalashnikov rifle and drive a Russian tank, but was outraged when fanatics began killing his pets to test chemical weapons.
“My father never asked me to join Al-Qaeda, but he did tell me that I He was the son chosen to continue his work“, he says the sun. “He was disappointed when I told him that he was not suitable for that life”.
Omar isn’t sure why he chose him to carry on his legacy. “I don’t know, maybe because he was smarter, and that’s why I’m alive today,” he estimates.
Omar and Zaina
Omar and Zaina attended Qatar’s last World Cup group game against the Netherlands on Tuesday, an experience he describes as “incredible.”
His father also enjoyed sports, although he denied rumors that bin Laden was an Arsenal fan: “I never heard him say that he liked this or that team”.
Omar supports holding the World Cup in Qatar: “The Arab people are also human. Qatar is one of the best countries in the Middle East. They should have the right to invite the rest of the world to celebrate the World Cup here.”
Zaina, who is also an artist and a mother of three, met Omar while horseback riding near the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt, in 2007, and they were married soon after. “My children adore Omar”, He says.
In 2010 they tried to have a child together via IVF, but the British surrogate lost the twins at 10 weeks.
Currently, the couple is renovating apartments in a 500-year-old building in Normandy for holiday rentals. They also plan to open a restaurant.
Indoctrinated by his father against the United States, Omar loves McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Clint Eastwood movies.
An Anglophile, he dreams of visiting Zaina’s family in Britain. After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, he made a tribute video on Tik Tok in which he said: “I loved the queen. People came and went and she was always there. King Carlos is very friendly and welcoming to Arabs and people from the Gulf, especially”.
but two years ago Omar was denied entry into Britain after the couple arrived by ferry in Portsmouth.
“When I set foot on English soil we were immediately taken to the interrogation room for many hours. But they were very kind and very respectful, ”she clarifies.
The couple was returned to France when it was found that Omar’s documentation was not in order. You are now applying for a UK visa.
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Omar hopes this interview will help him sell paintings. “My name has helped me a lot. He is very well known all over the world”.
Finally, he answers if he still loves his father: “Family will always be family, no matter what.”
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