Why Army rangers will someday find a DVD of ‘Breaking Away’ in an Afghan cave

The New Yorker magazine has settled the question of whether Osama bin Laden has ever visited the United States:

Osama was here for two weeks in 1979, it seems, and he visited Indiana and Los Angeles, among other places. He had a favorable encounter with an American medical doctor; he also reportedly met in Los Angeles with his spiritual mentor of the time, the Palestinian radical Abdullah Azzam.

All this is according to a forthcoming book by Osama’s first wife, Najwa Bin Laden, and his son Omar Bin Laden, to be published in the autumn by St. Martin’s Press.

Writes Osama’s wife:

I remember few details of our travel, other than we passed through London before flying to a place I had never heard of, a state in America called Indiana….

I came to believe that Americans were gentle and nice, people easy to deal with. As far as the country itself goes, my husband and I did not hate America, yet we did not love it.

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4 comments Add your comment


July 2nd, 2009
10:58 am

OK your title makes no sense. Please explain.


July 2nd, 2009
12:17 pm

This is dumb like everything else in the AJC.Did Wooten write it from home.


July 2nd, 2009
3:28 pm

The film “Breaking Away” was filmed in Indiana around that time. So Galloway’s title is clever. And the film is well worth seeing, by the way.

Jean Sasson

July 12th, 2009
9:40 pm

My name is Jean Sasson and I worked for the past 15 months with Najwa and Omar so that their story could be told. I’m pleased that all that hard work is answering questions for many people. Readers will be stunned to learn the details of the daily life of Osama’s family. Already Steve Coll has had one of his questions answered. For that I am glad.