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How Osama bin Laden Has Evolved in Pop Culture

Osama bin Laden was not unknown to many Americans before the September 11 terrorist attacks, but afterwards he became a pop culture heavyweight: Terror personified on the one hand and a symbol to be mocked on the other. Looking back on the first images of the al-Qaida leader tracks the changes in public discourse on terrorism. 

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