The Difference Between
Osama bin Laden

What is the difference between Usama and Osama?

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05/02/2011

Arabic names in English: multiple spellings

When Arabic names are translated into English, there are often multiple spellings. The leader of Al Qaeda's name was most frequently spelled Osama bin Laden but it has also been reported as Usama bin Laden by the FBI, CIA and news organizations.

Other variations on Osama bin Laden's name:

- Usama bin Laden

- Usama bin Ladin

- Ussamah Bin Ladin

- Oussama Ben Laden