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Bin Laden had plans to attack US before being killed

05-04-2012 07:50 BJT Special Report:Bin Laden is DEAD |

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Final letters written by Osama bin Laden as he struggled to command the attention of his far-flung al-Qaida organisation, have been released online.

A selection of documents seized in last year’s raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan were posted on the Web by the US Army’s Combating Terrorism Centre at the US Military Academy. The documents portray al-Qaida as weak, inept and under siege - and its leader frustrated about the passing of his group’s glory days. In the months before he was killed, bin Laden was talking about trying to "reclaim" the trust of Muslims who had lost confidence in him and his al-Qaida network.

The documents also reveal that - until the end - bin Laden remained focused on attacking Americans and coming up with plots, however improbable, to kill US leaders. He wished to target planes carrying General David Petraeus and even President Barack Obama, reasoning that an assassination would elevate an "utterly unprepared" Vice President Joe Biden into the presidency and thus plunge the US into crisis.

The document cache also revealed bin Laden’s exasperation with al-Qaida’s spin-off groups, as well as his lack of control over them.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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