Center: Seized Letters Reveal Frustrated Bin Laden
May 4, 2012
A study of newly declassified documents recovered from Osama bin Laden's
compound in Pakistan last year reveals a terrorist leader frustrated
with regional jihadi groups and his own inability to exercise control
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 17 declassified documents. The
privately-funded research institution released the documents and its
analysis of them on Thursday.
The center says contrary to what many people thought, bin Laden was not
"the puppet master pulling the strings that set in motion jihadi groups
around the world."
U.S. special commandos killed bin Laden in a covert raid on his house in
the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011. The assault
team confiscated a wealth of material, including video clips and
Combating Terrorism Center says the focus of bin Laden's private letters
is Muslims' suffering at the hands of his jihadi "brothers." The
center's report says bin Laden was "burdened by what he viewed as the
incompetence" of the al-Qaida affiliates, including their "poorly
planned operations which resulted in the unnecessary deaths of thousands
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
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.