The New York Times reports that the extremist organisation al Qaeda considered changing its names so as to appeal more to Muslims around the world.
It's one of the revelations to come out of the cache of documents recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound, which were released to the public today.
The name 'al Qaeda' means 'The Base' in Arabic. Other names the organisation considered include: Monotheism and Jihad Group, Muslim Unity Group, Islamic Nation Unification Party and Al-Asqa Liberation Group.
[The New York Times]((http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/world/recovered-documents-show-a-divided-al-qaeda.html?_r=1&hp) reports that the cache of documents captured during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound reveal that al Qaeda is full of rifts.
The organisation appears divided on tactics, strategy and even marketing. Some of the points of contention revealed are as follows:
- How closely to affiliate with other extremist organisations
- How much to target the US
- How to appeal to Muslims
- Whether to attack drug runners as a source of funding
- Whether to change the organisation's name
The Bin Laden files reveal he wanted to target planes carrying President Obama and/or General Petraeus.
He explained the death of Obama would lead to the "utterly unprepared" Vice President Joe Biden assuming the presidency, which would cause the United States to enter into crisis mode.
He added that the "the killing of Petraeus would have a serious impact on the course of the war,” as Bin Laden considered him to be “the man of this (critical) phase."
Read the report and documents here.
The report released by the Combating Terrorism Center reads: "Bin Laden’s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told on the basis of the 17 declassified documents."
To read the full report and documents released by the Combating Terrorism Center, click here.
Among the Osama bin Laden documents released today by the Combating Terrorism Center in New York, is a 22 page typed document containing names of al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan, Africa and other various Asian countries.
The New York Daily News is reporting the seized Bin Laden documents, set to be published later today, show the al-Qaeda founder was planning to overthrow Afghan president Hamid Karzai and control Afghanistan once the US left the country.
It reports Bin Laden had discussed his plans with the Taliban leadership council, known as the Quetta Shura, and the Haqqani network, which controls the North Waziristan tribal area in Pakistan, with a view of working together to complete the plan.
CNN reports the documents seized from Bin Laden's Pakistan compound have been described by US officials as a "treasure trove" of material.
The documents were found on five computers, dozens of hard drives and more than 100 storage devices, by Navy Seals in May last year.
U.S. officials have described the cache as a treasure trove of material, the single largest collection of senior terrorist material ever obtained. It included digital, audio and video files, printed materials, recording devices and handwritten documents.
Seventeen of the documents will be made public at 2pm BST.
Al-Qaeda documents seized by US Navy Seals from Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound - where he was killed last year - are to be released.
The documents are to be made public, including English translations, by the Combating Terrorism Center, an independent research institution at the US military academy in West Point, New York.