Osama Bin Laden’s mother breaks silence for the first time as it’s revealed she lives in extreme luxury in Saudi with photos of the 9/11 mastermind all over her house.
Alia Ghanem’s home in Jeddah is decorated with framed pictures of the 9/11 mastermind who was shot dead by US special forces in 2011.
The Bin Laden family remains of Saudi Arabia’s richest dynasties, thanks to their construction empire, and their movements remain closely monitored by the regime.
Speaking with The Guardian, Ghanem called her Al Qaeda leader son a “good kid who loved her so much.”
Her plush home includes a large spiral staircase at its centre centrepiece which leads to a number of cavernous rooms, according to the report.
Despite Osama singlehandedly ruining the family name, his mother’s mansion features framed pictures of the depraved jihadi killer.
One of the mementos sits on the mantelpiece showing the mass murderer with a long beard and wearing a military jacket.
She describes her first born as being “shy” and “pious” when he was in his early 20s.
The matriarch, dressed in a red hijab, blames extremists at the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah for “brainwashing” her son.
She said: “The people at university changed him. He became a different man.
“He was a very good child until he met some people who pretty much brainwashed him in his early 20s.
“They got money for their cause. I would always tell him to stay away from them, and he would never admit to me what he was doing because he loved me so much.”
While studying economics at the uni, Osama met Abdullah Azzam, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was eventually exiled from Saudi.
However, Azzam remained the Al Qaeda boss’ spiritual adviser.
Ghanem claims it “never crossed my mind” that her son would become a jihadist killer.
Even when he fled to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight the invading Russians, the family remained proud of him.
His mother claims she last saw Osama at his Afghan military base in 1999.
When Ghanem leaves the room to rest, Osama’s half-brother Ahmad told The Guardian that his mother remains in”denial” about her first-born son.
He said: “Instead, she blames those around him. She only knows the good boy side, the side we all saw. She never got to know the jihadist side.”
He said the family knew within the “48 hours” that Osama and his terror group were behind the coordinated airplane attacks on September 11, 2001, which left thousands dead in New York and Washington DC.