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Osama bin Laden documents released: trove of more than 6,000 Al-Qaida files declassified

More than 6,000 documents seized during the May 1, 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden were released on Thursday by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center, giving the public a rare glimpse into the Al-Qaida leader’s terror plans and largely solitary life.

The raw documents–both the Arabic originals and versions translated into English–were posted on the center’s website shortly before 9 a.m. ET.

As was previously reported, the documents show that bin Laden had ordered the assassinations of President Barack Obama and U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, but did not have the resources to carry out the killings.

“Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency,” Bin Laden wrote in a message to one of his top lieutenants, the Washington Post noted. “Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis.”

“What you get is that bin Laden would come up with an idea but it was a very broad aspirational idea,” an administration official told NBC ahead of the West Point release. “And then he’d turn it over to somebody and there was always some sort of disconnect.”

By the end of 2010, the official added, “there was certainly a sense of loss in terms of the senior leaders that perished, a sense that the midlevel cadre had been decimated.”

Click here to to view the files on the Combating Terrorism Center website.


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