U.S. Releases Documents From Bin Laden Compound
May 03, 2012
A selection of documents seized in last year's raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan hideout has been posted online by the U.S. Army's Combating Terrorism Center.
In the 17 declassified documents, bin Laden, who was killed in the May 2, 2011, raid, complained about dysfunction in Al-Qaeda as well as dwindling trust from Muslims he wished to incite.
The documents show bin Laden remained focused on attacking Americans and coming up with plots to kill U.S. leaders.
Bin Laden planned to release a statement about "starting a new phase to correct [the mistakes]."
He even wished to target a plane carrying U.S. President Barack Obama.
Bin Laden described "trusted Pakistani brothers" but did not identify any Pakistani official who might have been aware or complicit in his hiding in Abbottabad.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
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