Documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound a year ago by US commandos show the al Qaeda leader was planning a “new phase” after correcting mistakes.
The 17 de-classified documents, titled Letters From Abbottabad, were released on Thursday in Arabic and English translation by the US military’s Combating Terrorism Centre.
They consisted 197 pages of English translation of electronic letters or drafts written between September 2006 and April 2011. The last was written just a week before his death.
In a note accompanying the release, the centre said: “In contrast to his public statements that focussed on the injustice of those he believed to be the ‘enemies’ of Muslims, namely corrupt ‘apostate’ Muslim rulers and their Western ‘overseers,’ the focus of Bin Ladin’s private letters is Muslims’ suffering at the hands of his jihadi ‘brothers’.”
These were among the mistakes bin Laden and other Qaeda leaders wanted to correct.
Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen has produced another issue of its English-language online magazine, Inspire, proclaiming that it is “still publishing America’s worst nightmare” despite the killing of two top editors, Americans Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan.