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Osama bin Laden Documents Include $29M Bequest to 'Jihad'

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A sculpture of a dead Osama bin Laden is displayed at an art exhibition in Havana, Cuba. (REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa)

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Mar 2016 09:15 AM

Osama bin Laden documents released by the U.S. government Tuesday included a will in which the al Qaeda leader left most of his $29 million fortune for "jihad."

The will was one of the documents scooped up by Navy SEALs when they killed bin Laden on May 1, 2011, during a raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The will was among the more than 100 pages declassified by the government, said NPR.

While bin Laden left smaller amounts to relatives and associates, he made it clear how it wanted the bulk of his money spent, said NPR:

"I hope, for my brothers, sisters, and maternal aunts, to obey my will and to spend all the money that I have left in Sudan on Jihad, for the sake of Allah." 

USA Today said in one document bin Laden worried that one of his wives may have had a tracking device implanted in a tooth or under her skin by a dentist. He feared the device could be used to find him.

In another letter, bin Laden urged patience in Afghanistan, saying the U.S. would not continue its presence in the country.

"Here we are in the 10th year of the war, and America and its allies are still chasing a mirage, lost at sea without a beach," bin Laden wrote. "America appears to be hanging on by a thin thread. We need to be patient a bit longer. With patience, there is victory."

The government made a similar release of documents from the 2011 raid last May which included letters to key lieutenants, associates and groups, according to The Guardian.

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