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U.S. Lowers Net Worth of Osama Bin Laden

Osama bin Laden may not be the wealthy terror financier once believed. Recent investigations into al-Qaida by the Sept. 11 commission and others have altered the once commonly held view that bin Laden’s inheritance and massive fortune — estimated at $300 million at one point — were used to finance his operations. A network of businesses in Sudan, his base from 1991 to 1996, is also not thought to be backing al-Qaida. “There has been a revision of collective thinking,” said Kenneth Katzman, a Congressional Research Service expert who has studied terror groups. “The new thinking is that bin Laden’s fortune didn’t really enter into al-Qaida that much or wasn’t the driving force in al-Qaida.” Full Story

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