See newly released photos of late terrorist's hide-out

The images offer a rare look inside bin Laden's lair way before the 9/11 attack his subsequent rise to notoriety.

New photos have emerged of the hide-out of late al-Qaeda (meaning "the base") front man, Osama bin Laden.

CNN reports that the images were quietly introduced as evidence in the latest major terrorism trial of bin Laden's lieutenant Khaled al-Fawwaz, a communications conduit for al Qaeda in London in the mid-1990s and they offer a rare look inside bin Laden's lair way before the 9/11 attack and his subsequent rise to notoriety.

Al-Fawwaz would arrange bin Laden's first television interview for CNN's Peter Arnett and Peter Bergen in 1997 and a sit-down for ABC News' John Miller a year later.

Before then however, al-Fawwaz called on a Palestinian print journalist, Abdel Barri Atwan, the founder and then-editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi, an independent Arabic weekly published in London.

It was he who broke the story about bin Laden's first fatwa, or religious decree, stating his grievances against the United States, such as the presence of U.S troops in Saudi Arabia.

It was also his 1996 journey to Afghanistan to interview bin Laden after the later athat yielded these photos.


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