From The Archives: Osama bin Laden, ca. 1993

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From The Archives: Osama bin Laden, ca. 1993
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Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, which means that the all-too-familiar reflections and remembrances will dominate the media over the next 24 hours.

But here's one story about Osama bin Laden that you probably haven't seen.

An investigation by Middle East expert Robert Fisk, published December 6, 1993, in the U.K.'s Independent, bore this headline:

Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace: The Saudi businessman who recruited mujahedin now uses them for large-scale building projects in Sudan.

How times have changed.

[arbroath]

Another Movie Trailer of the Day

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Zero Dark Thirty is director Kathryn Bigelow's and writer Mark Boal's dramatization of the Navy SEAL Team 6 mission to kill Osama bin Laden -- and given the controversy over the source material (Bigelow and Boal were allowed access to essentially classified documents by the Obama administration), this trailer is a major letdown.

In theaters December 19.

[slyoyster]

Bin Laden Memorabilia of the Day

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Bin Laden Memorabilia of the Day
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The going rate for Pakistan's most creepy souvenir? A mere nickel, which gets you a brick from the former compound of Osama Bin Laden. Shakeel Ahmed, the shrewd businessman contractor hired to demolish the structure, paid $5,300 for the rubble that remained after the place was bulldozed.

Despite brisk brick business, Ahmed travels with a bodyguard; he is worried that Islamic militants may target him for his entrepreneurial savvy.

"My family is very worried that my life now is in danger," Ahmed said.

[nydn]

Trump Card of the Day

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The Obama camp pulls out its big guns, enlisting Bill Clinton to remind voters that OBAMA KILLED OSAMA. Watch for the GOP rebuttal: Romney saved the Salt Lake City Olympics.

[barackobama]

Birdcage Lining of the Day

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Birdcage Lining of the Day
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Birdcage Lining of the Day: Groan all you want, but there is no way this wasn't going to happen.

[joshkinberg / frangry.]

Compare With: New York Daily News.

Monster Truck Madness of the Day

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Monster Truck Madness of the Day
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Monster Truck Madness of the Day: Turns out even Osama bin Laden -- the terrorist mastermind who claimed responsibility for the bombing of civilian targets with civilian aircraft -- had standards when it comes to mass murdering innocent people.

In writings obtained by special ops forces during the raid on his compound, bin Laden was reportedly "taken aback" by an article published in the al Qaeda-affiliated English-language periodical Inspire, which advocated

Adorable Doppelgängers of the Day

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Adorable Doppelgängers of the Day
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Adorable Doppelgängers of the Day: Brazilian Barack Obama lookalike Ananias Rodrigues da Silva surprised Francisco Helder Braga Fernandes -- a São Paulo-based bar owner who is repeatedly harassed for resembling Osama bin Laden -- by showing up as his establishment unexpectedly. The two drank to each other's health and posed for photos.

Fernandes sought to clarify that he was nothi