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19 November 2009updated 27 Sep 2015 5:42am

Bin Laden and me

My interview with his son in this week's NS

By Mehdi Hasan

I have interviewed, via email, Omar Bin Laden, the fourth eldest son of the world’s most notorious terrorist. You can read it here.

He says he wants to work for the UN (!) and, surprisingly, has very little trouble getting on airplanes. Oh, and he doesn’t know where Daddy is but probably wouldn’t tell us even if he knew.

Omar has, however, decided to reveal the story of life inside Osama’s household in a new book, Growing Up Bin Laden, Osama’s Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World, co-authored with his mother, Najwa, and the bestselling US writer Jean Sasson. You can listen to an interview with Sasson on the Today programme here.


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