Tracking the Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden

Tracking the Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden
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REVIEWThe Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden is Peter Bergen’s fourth book on bin Laden and is published at a moment when the Al Qaeda leader, who was killed by Navy SEALs in a CIA-led operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in 2011, appears to have achieved a measure of posthumous vindication.

In 2004, bin Laden boasted that Al Qaeda was “bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy” in Afghanistan, which would ultimately force them to leave, just as the Soviets had in 1989.

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