Bin Laden files released

17 newly-released documents of 6000 seized from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan where he was killed last year reveal how he was struggling to control al-Qaeda

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'Al Qaeda considered re-branding'

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.

Bin Laden files reveal al Qaeda's concern about appealing to Muslims

The New York Times 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

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Bin Laden wanted to kill Obama and send US into 'crisis'

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.

The compound in which Osama bin Laden was killed last year.
The compound in which Osama bin Laden was killed last year. Credit: Reuters

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.

Report: 'Bin Laden had little control over jihadi groups'

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."

Osama bin Laden was killed in his Attobad compound last year.
Osama bin Laden was killed in his Attobad compound last year. Credit: Reuters

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Bin Laden notes show plan to overthrow Hamid Karzai

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.

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai. Credit: Reuters

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.

Bin Laden documents described as a 'treasure trove'

CNN reports the documents seized from Bin Laden's Pakistan compound have been described by US officials as a "treasure trove" of material.

Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound where he was killed last year.
Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound where the documents were seized. Credit: Reuters

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.

Osama bin Laden documents to be released

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.

Osama bin Laden was killed in his Attobad compound last year.
Osama bin Laden was killed in his Attobad compound last year. Credit: Reuters

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.