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Osama bin Laden Captured Documents Published by has announced the publishing of documents captured at Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound On May 2, 2011


BACM Research – has announced the publishing of documents captured at bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound On May 2, 2011. These documents were declassified and released to the public on May 3, 2012. This document collection includes the original Arabic transcriptions, English translations, and explanatory annotations.

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On May 2, 2011 United States Special Operations Forces killed bin Laden during a covert raid, “Operation Neptune Spear,” in the garrison Pakistani town of Abbottabad. Members of the raiding party were trained to identify documents and media of intelligence value. The assault team confiscated a wealth of material, including video and personal correspondence.

A selection of the captured documents was given by the Director of National Intelligence to the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, for analysis and future release.

The documents consist of electronic letters or draft letters. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011, a week before bin Ladin’s death. These internal al-Qa`ida communications were authored by several leaders, including Usama bin Ladin, `Atiyya `Abd al-Rahman, Abu Yahya al-Libi and the American Adam Gadahn, as well as several unknown individuals who were either affiliated with the group or wrote to offer it advice.

A study of the declassified documents recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan reveals a terrorist leader frustrated with regional jihadi groups and his own inability to exercise control over them. The Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point says the late al-Qaida leader’s frustration is the “most compelling story to be told” by the declassified documents. The privately-funded research institution released the documents and its analysis of them on May 3, 2011.

The al-Qaida leader was reportedly “at pains” advising the groups to stop domestic attacks that cause Muslim civilian casualties. Instead, he wanted them to focus on the United States, which he described as “our desired goal.”

Bin Laden wanted especially to target airplanes carrying then-commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus and U.S. President Barack Obama. The Combating Terrorism Center says he explained that President Obama’s death would see the “utterly unprepared” Vice President Joe Biden assume the presidency and send the U.S. into crisis.

The documents provide evidence for the first time of al-Qa`ida’s covert campaign against Iran.

One letter was authored by bin Ladin a week before his death. In it, bin Ladin outlines his response to the “Arab Spring,” proposing two different strategies. The first strategy pertains to the Arab World and entails “inciting people who have not yet revolted and exhort[ing] them to rebel against the rulers (khuruj ‘ala al-hukkam)”; the second strategy concerns Afghanistan and it entails continuing to evoke the obligation of jihad there. The letter also makes reference to a wide variety of topics including: the scarcity of communications from Iraq, “the brothers coming from Iran,” and hostages held by “our brothers in the Islamic Maghreb” and in Somalia. The document also briefly discusses Bin Ladin’s sons, his courier, Shaykh Abu Muhammad (Ayman al-Zawahiri), and other individuals of interest.

In another document al-Qa`ida spokesman Adam Gadahn critiques news outlets at ABC, Al Jazeera, CBS, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. It even mentions the “firing” of MSNBC’s Keith Olberman.

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