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Bin Laden: New Attacks on US Were on To-Do List When Killed

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:27 AM

When Navy SEALs stormed his hideout and killed him in 2011, Osama Bin Laden was focused on staging new attacks on the U.S., lining up his favorite son Hamza as his heir apparent, and trying to quell infighting among upstart terrorist groups.

That's what more than 100 documents declassified on Wednesday are suggesting.

When Navy SEALs stormed Bin Laden's hideout in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, they shot him dead and seized thousands of files and documents from his computers.

AFP was given exclusive access to the documents ahead of the release.

They showed that Bin Laden never took his eye off the ball after orchestrating the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001.

"The focus should be on killing and fighting the American people and their representatives," Bin Laden wrote in one of the documents.

In order to keep al Qaida at the forefront of the global jihad movement, Bin Laden said, all resources should be focused on uniting terrorist groups, turn them away from infighting, and toward the West.

"We should stop operations against the army and the police in all regions, especially Yemen," he suggested.

Bin Laden recognized the opportunities and pitfalls that came with the Arab Spring movement of 2010. As he saw it, the populist uprisings presented a new opportunity to recruit everyday Muslims — youth in particular — into the jihad movement; however, its destabilizing aspect could also devolve into distracting religious sectarian fights, tribal arguments, and the like.

While Bin Laden wanted a repeat of the 9/11 attacks, his deputies found it increasingly difficult to orchestrate another large-scale attack while constantly under siege by U.S. drone attacks, as well as U.S. spying.

Eventually, al Qaida's branch in Iraq would abandon the terrorist brand, and join the Islamic State. Over the next few years, the Islamic State would use the Internet and social media to encourage lone-wolf attacks all over the world, an altogether different priority than Bin Laden's.

In his more personal affairs, Bin Laden suggested his son Hamza should become the leader of al Qaida in the event of his death, and tried to dissuade his wife from remarrying.

"If you want to marry after me, I have no objection, but I really want for you to be my wife in paradise, and the woman, if she marries two men, is given choice on Judgement Day to be with one of them," he wrote to her.

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When Navy SEALs stormed his hideout and killed him in 2011, Osama Bin Laden was focused on staging new attacks on the U.S., lining up his favorite son Hamza as his heir apparent, and trying to quell infighting among upstart terrorist groups.
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