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50 People Who Matter 2010 | 21. Osama bin Laden


The al-Qaeda leader is so wanted by the US that even his cook received a 14-year sentence in Guantanamo Bay.

As al-Qaeda has become more disparate, Bin Laden has struggled to maintain unity, but he has survived nearly ten years of US warfare directed at him. He will haunt the world for a while yet.

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This article first appeared in the 27 September 2010 issue of the New Statesman, The 50 people who matter