- Osama bin Laden’s nephew
- Founder of the U.S. branch of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth
Abdullah Awad Bin Laden (AABL), a nephew of the late terrorist Osama Bin Laden, founded the U.S. branch of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) in 1992 and went on to serve as its president for nearly a decade. Because WAMY was long suspected of having ties to Islamic terrorism, AABL was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from February through September of 1996.
Prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001, AABL invested some $500,000 in Baitul Mal, Inc., a New Jersey-based real-estate and financial-services firm that was suspected of funding groups officially designated as terrorist organizations. From that investment, he earned a profit of $70,000.
Records show that just months before the 9/11 attacks, AABL sold his Falls Church, Virginia home which was located only a few blocks from where four of the 9/11 hijackers lived. Shortly after 9/11 he stepped down to the position of treasurer, and before long he left the United States.
In September 2002 the Bosnian government reported that a charity on whose board AABL served, had channeled money to Muslim guerrilla fighters in Chechnya.
On May 28, 2004, federal officials raided WAMY’s Alexandria, Virginia offices as part of a larger investigation into terrorism financing. The probe was halted after the Saudi embassy claimed AABL as an attaché. At that point he produced diplomatic credentials protecting him from U.S. prosecution, and the FBI agents interviewing him backed off immediately.
AABL is not to be confused with another Abdullah Awad Bin Laden, who was Osama Bin Laden’s late uncle, or Abdullah Bin Laden, Osama’s half brother.