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US trawls bin Laden’s hard drives

The United States is determined to capitalise on the death of Osama bin Laden and destroy al Qaeda, the White House chief of counter-terrorism, John Brennan, said.

world Updated: May 05, 2011 01:13 IST

The United States is determined to capitalise on the death of Osama bin Laden and destroy al Qaeda, the White House chief of counter-terrorism, John Brennan, said.

Brennan said the administration was aiming to “pummel the rest of al Qaeda” after US intelligence officers discovered unpublished statements produced by Bin Laden amid “a treasure trove” of computer hard drives, CDs, DVDs and papers seized from his safe house in Pakistan.

They believe they may have also found communications between senior al Qaeda lieutenants and Bin Laden which could reveal information about potential targets and strategic guidance on the direction of the terror organisation, as well as the whereabouts of its operatives.