Cache of Bin Laden Documents Released
A cache of documents picked up by US special forces during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan has been released by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. The documents, totaling 197 pages in English (translated from Arabic), are from as far back as September 2006 and as recent as April 2011.
“Bin Ladin’s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told on the basis of the 17 de-classified documents,” the center’s release states.
There were many more documents taken from the raid that ended in the killing of bin Laden, but they have yet to be released.
Among the more interesting revelations is bin Laden’s criticism of regional groups affiliated with Al Qaeda for carrying out attacks on Muslim targets. According to the Guardian, “in one [document], he exhorts leaders of the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to stop attacking local security forces and focus on the main enemy, the US.” One letter-writer to bin Laden said that “the terrorist group was losing support in the Muslim world.”
Another document has Adam Gadahn, an American-born spokesman for Al Qaeda, advising bin Laden on how to best use the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks for propaganda purposes.
You can read all the documents here.