Gulf War and the Beginning of U.S. Enmity

Following the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia while Dick Cheney, is the forty-sixth and current Vice President of the United States, met with Prince Sultan, Saudi Minister of Defense. Saudi Arabia’s oil fields were in jeopardy as they were within striking distance from Iraqi soil and the forces, although well armed, were far outnumbered. Bin Laden offered the services of his mujahedeen to protect Saudi Arabia from the Iraqi army. The Saudi monarch refused bin Laden’s offer, opting instead to allow the U.S. allied forces to deploy on Saudi territory. The deployment angered bin laden, as he believe the presence of foreign troops in the “land of the two mosques” damaged sacred soil.

So angered, bin Laden publically spoke against the Saudi government for allowing American troops to protect the soil. Bin Laden was then deported to Sudan on April 9, 1994 and his Saudi citizenship was revoked. Some controversy exists as to whether bin Laden still financially supports his family, as the family disowned him upon his deportation.