He may have been one of the most dastardly millionaires in history, but not even Osama bin Laden was above writing flattering letters to his father asking for money.
“To start,” bin Laden writes to his dad, “I do not forget your favour in raising us, and deepening the concept of jihad in our hearts, and on spending on us, and in helping us get married, and a lot more of other things...what a father and how wonderful you are.”
Hearing this, any father knows what’s coming next: “There is another matter: When I got married, Abu Burhan Al-Suri covered the marriage costs and what was after. If these were not from your funds, kindly pay them back, so I will not be trapped in my grave.”
Beyond begging for money, the letters reveal quite a bit about al-Qaida.
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