The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Setting & Symbolism

Lawrence Wright
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The United States

The United States was the sole remaining world superpower following the fall of the Soviet Union, viewed by Osama bin Laden as the source of all Western values and Christian power.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia was Bin Laden’s home country and the location of Islam’s two holiest cities, Mecca and Medina.

The House of Saud

The House of Saud was the ruling family of Saudi Arabia.

Egypt

One of the world’s largest Muslim countries and Ayman al-Zawahiri’s home country, Egypt is a repeated target of terrorist attacks by al-Jihad.

Sudan

Sudan is an African country led by Hassan al-Turabi’s Islamist government. It was a temporary safe haven for bin Laden and other Islamist extremists.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a majority Muslim country in Central Asia. It was invaded by the Soviet Union in 1979, and later became the location of al-Qaeda’s...

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