This interview, conducted by ABC's John Miller, was held at bin Laden's remote
mountaintop camp in southern Afghanistan two months before the truck bombings of
the U.S. embassies in East Africa. (Bin Laden had the interview
recorded by his own camera and an associate gave a copy of the tape to FRONTLINE.)
This timeline charts the major events and turning points.
A source close to bin Laden (who would like to remain anonymous) gave this document to FRONTLINE and we could not verify independently all of the information contained in it. While some of it is true, other parts
run contrary to accounts given by other reliable sources. That said, this document does provide important details about bin Laden and his family life.
This information is from a report dealing with prominent Saudi families of
Yemeni origin. Although FRONTLINE cannot
vouch for its accuracy, it does come from French intelligence sources.
ABC reporter John Miller recounts his hour-long interview with Osama bin Laden
at his camp on a mountaintop in southern Afghanistan in May of 1998. It took
place a little more than two months before the truckbombings of the two U.S. embassies in East
This selection is culled from various communiques, edicts and U.S., European
and Middle East press interviews that he's given from 1995 through 1998. It includes
excerpts from bin Laden's February 1998 press conference in which he called for
attacks against all Americans and announced al Qaeda
was merging with 11 other militant Islamic groups to form the World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Crusaders and Jews.
The U.S. government charges that Osama bin Laden heads an international terrorist
network called "Al Qaeda," an Arabic word meaning 'the base.' Here is a
summary of the U.S. allegations about this network.