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Bin Laden's mom says he was a good boy who fell prey to 'a cult'


A mother’s love really is unconditional.

Osama Bin Laden’s mom says her ruthless terrorist son was a good boy who fell prey to “a cult” — and shouldn’t be blamed for the attacks on 9/11, according to a report.

In her first-ever interview about the notorious Al-Qaeda leader, Alia Ghanem insisted her son grew up sweet and was led astray by bad influences, according to the UK Guardian.

“He was a very good kid and he loved me so much,” Ghanem, who is in her 70s, told the paper.

“He was a very good child until he met some people who pretty much brainwashed him in his early twenties. You can call it a cult. 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,” she said.

Speaking from inside her family’s mansion in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, she explained how Bin Laden first became pious and radicalized in his early 20s while studying economics at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah.

“At the start, we were very proud of him. Even the Saudi government would treat him in a very noble, respectful way,” Ghanem said.

But when she learned he had become jihadist, she was crushed, she said.

“We were extremely upset. I did not want any of this to happen. Why would he throw it all away like that?”

Ghanem has refused to talk about Bin Laden for years. She opened up with the hope of proving that an outcast – not an agent with ties to the Bin Laden family – was responsible for 9/11, according to the paper.

But even one of Bin Laden’s half-brothers, who was also interviewed, admitted she may be looking at her terrorist son through rose-colored glasses.

“It has been 17 years now [since 9/11] and she remains in denial about Osama. She loved him so much and refuses to blame him,” 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.”

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