2000 - Algerian Ahmed Ressam pleads guilty in connection with a failed plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport during the millennium celebrations. He claims he was trained in urban warfare and explosives at an Afghanistan camp run by bin Laden.
May 29, 2001 - Four of bin Laden's alleged supporters are convicted of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa.
September 2001 - Following the September 11 terrorism attacks in the United States, the U.S. government names bin Laden as a prime suspect.
December 25, 2001 - The Pakistan Observer publishes details of bin Laden's alleged funeral. On the front page, the newspaper reports that an unnamed Taliban leader said bin Laden "had a peaceful natural death in mid-December in the vicinity" of the Tora Bora mountains. The report says that his death was the result of a "serious lung complication." "He was laid to rest honorably in his last abode" in a grave prepared according to the beliefs of the fundamentalist Wahhabi sect of Islam to which the Qaeda leader belonged, the report said.
December 27, 2001 - Afghan officials report that bin Laden is in Pakistan with al Qaeda sympathizers.
January 18, 2002 - Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf says that Osama bin Laden might have died of kidney failure in Afghanistan after becoming separated from a dialysis machine he had used in recent years.
March 9, 2002 - A Saudi-owned publication quotes one of bin Laden's wives as saying her personal belief is that he is living. The woman, identified only as A.S. said she "feels deep down that he's still alive and that the whole world would have known if he had been killed. Osama's death cannot be hidden."
May 17, 2002 - A Saudi-owned newspaper publishes quotes fugitive from Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar in which he states "Sheikh Osama is still alive, praise God, and this is causing anguish to (U.S. President George W. Bush) who promised his people to kill Osama, not knowing that lives are in the hands of God."
June 12, 2002 - A Russian newspaper publishes what it claims is an interview with ousted Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. Omar states bin Laden is alive in Afghanistan. "Osama helped us during the war with the Russians, he would not leave us now," the newspaper quoted Omar as saying. "The Holy War is only just beginning. The fire from this war will reach America, and it will burn the capital that launched an unjust attack on Muslims."
July 2002 - Abdel-Bari Atwan, editor of the London-based Al-Quds Al Arabi newspaper, says the al-Qaeda leader is in good health, but had been wounded in an attack on his base in Afghanistan last December. Atwan says Bin Laden's followers had told him that he would not make more video statements until his group launches another attack on the United States.
March 10, 2005 - Muslim clerics in Spain issue what they called the world's first fatwa, or Islamic edict, against Osama bin Laden. They called him an apostate and urged others of their faith to denounce him. The ruling was issued by the Islamic Commission of Spain, the main body representing the country's Muslim community.
October 2009 - Najwa and Omar bin Laden write and publish their book, "Growing up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World."
December 2009 - U.S. government admits a "lack of intelligence" on bin Laden's whereabouts, noting he could be in Afghanistan or Pakistan.
May 2, 2011 - In the early morning hours, a small group of U.S. Forces, including Navy Seals, raid a highly walled and fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In the ensuing firefight, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and three other men die. A woman also dies. Bin Laden reportedly dies of a gunshot wound to the head. DNA samples are taken before his body is buried at sea.
June 17, 2011 - The U.S. Justice Department formally drops terrorism related criminal charges against bin Laden.