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Bin Laden's hideout papers to be published online


Documents found on the Osama bin Laden compound show that the leader of Al Qaeda was plotting to target President Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus in attacks, according to an article published on March 16, 2012.



Documents seized by US Navy Seals during the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last May are to be published online later this week, a White House counter-terrorism official said Monday.

The announcement comes on the eve of the anniversary of Bin Laden’s death, and was made by White House counter-terrorism chief John Brennan during a speech to a Washington, DC, think-tank.

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The papers will be put on line by the US Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center, according to the Associated Press.

They are said to include the Al Qaeda leader’s hand-written diary and correspondence with his associates, and reveal that Bin Laden had considered changing Al Qaeda’s name due to the deaths of so many of its senior operatives, the BBC reports.

According to the Agence France Presse, Brennan told the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that Bin Laden complained of “disaster after disaster” befalling his organization:

“With its most skilled and experienced commanders being lost so quickly, Al Qaeda has had trouble replacing them.”

Brennan also said the documents show that Bin Laden had urged senior Al Qaeda members to flee Pakistan’s tribal areas for areas free of “aircraft photography and bombardment.” 

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