Grinning Terrorist: Unseen Images Of Osama Bin Laden's Original Hideout – His Headquarters In 9 Pics

Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY

Mar. 13 2015, Updated 11:41 a.m. ET

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Rare photos from Osama Bin Laden's private compound before the 9/11 attacks have emerged.

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Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY
Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY

Images of Osama Bin Laden's mysterious compound have surfaced.

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Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY

Palestinian journalist Abdel Barri Atwan took the photos in 1996, when Bin Laden hoped to spread his message of hate to the Western world.

Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY

At the time, Bin Laden had already declared war on the United States, and vowed to grab worldwide attention.

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Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY

For several years, he developed an elaborate network of caves and hideouts 14,000 ft. up in the White Mountains, according to reports.

Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY

The terrorist leader used a walking stick around the site, and often had protective militants close at hand.

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Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY

Watchful eye: Dozens of his men would join in on the 9/11 mastermind’s walks.

Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY

According to Atwan, Bin Laden "loved the nature there. He loved the mountain. They were trying to have their own community."

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Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY

To enter the compound, one would take a long dusty road complete with various security checkpoints.

Osama Bin Laden Pre-911 Photos
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of NY

After the 9/11 attacks, Bin Laden relocated, hiding successfully for a decade. The 10-year search ended on May 2 2011 when he was killed during a Navy Seal operation in Abbottobad.

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