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Incredible Osama Bin Laden Photos Show Al Qaeda Leader Relaxing In Tora Bora Hideout

13/03/2015 14:10 GMT | Updated 13/03/2015 14:59 GMT

Newly resurfaced photographs give an incredible insight into the world of Osama Bin Laden before he became the world's most wanted man.

The former Al Qaeda leader is shown relaxing in his Tora Bora hideout in the White Mountains of eastern Afghanistan in 1996.

Although he was yet to mastermind the 9/11 attacks which would sear his reputation into the minds of everyone in the Western world, he was already plotting against America.

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Walking in the Afghan countryside

In the same year he declared war on the US and two years later he would bomb their embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, killing 224 people.

Three years later 19 Al Qaeda terrorists would fly hijack four planes and crash them into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

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He was rarely pictured without his AK-47

Nearly 3,000 people died.

Bin Laden became the world's wanted man and a 13-year war in Afghanistan ensued.

Despite being hunted by a coalition lead by the world's biggest military, Bin Laden evaded capture until 2011 when he was shot dead by a elite Navy Seal team in a compound in Pakistan on May 2.

The pictures were taken by Palestinian journalist Abdel Barri Atwan and have recently resurfaced during the trial of Al Qaeda lieutenant Khaled al-Fawwaz.

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He was found guilty found guilty last month of conspiracy in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa.

The 52-year-old faces life in prison.

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