Abdullah Azzam, the man behind bin Laden's jihadism

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Abdullah Azzam, the man behind bin Laden's jihadism

The mother of Osama Bin Laden, the architect of 9/11 terrorist attacks, has spoken publicly about her son for the first time.

Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks in the United States Of America, the world's biggest terrorist attacks in the history we witnessed ever.

He told Mike Hosking Bin Laden's mother still spoke fondly of her son, despite his horrific actions.

"We were extremely upset", Ghanem said.

Unsurprisingly, Osama bin Laden's family are cautious in our initial negotiations; they are not sure whether opening old wounds will prove cathartic or harmful.

The intelligence officer said that Bin Laden "was convinced" that he was going to turn the west against Saudi Arabia. "My life was very hard because he was so far away from me", she says, speaking confidently, adding: "He was a very good kid and he loved me so much".

From her home in in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, bin Laden's mother told Chulov her son was an "engaging, pious, studious" child who eventually lost his way at university where she says he was brainwashed by others. They said they had not heard from Hamza bin Laden nor received any messages from him. "I don't want to go through that again".

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Osama Bin Laden, the world's former most wanted man for terrorism charges, was set on using Saudi citizens to destroy relations between the west and the east, according to officials in Riyadh, London and Washington DC. "Why would he throw it all away like that?"

Last year, the State Department added Hamza bin Laden to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list after he was "determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of USA nationals or the national security".

"Everyone who met him in the early days respected him", says Hassan bin Laden's younger brother. "She loved him so much and refuses to blame him. She never got to know the jihadist side". Instead, she blames those around him.

Bin Laden's two half-brothers were also part of the interview, and recounted some of the memories they had of him when he was just an ordinary person and not a global jihadist. "He was a good man, and he was good to Osama", she described her husband. Ahmad said when 9/11 arrived, they all knew bin Laden had been involved even though they didn't have contact leading up to the tragic day.

His half-brother Hassan says he was "shocked, stunned" by the events that occurred in September 2001 which led George Bush to declare a war on terror. We knew from the beginning (that it was Osama), within the first 48 hours. "From the youngest to the eldest, we all felt ashamed of him", said Hassan.

Family and friends tried to stop bin Laden's rise to power.

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