US releases new set of Osama bin Laden’s documents
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States on Tuesday released a new set of documents, mostly in Arabic along with an accompanying English translation, the American forces had recovered from the slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound in Pakistan.
The founder and head of the militant group, Al Qaeda, was killed in a midnight raid by American commandoes in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.
The new set of his documents is the second tranche to be released after the first set was released on May 20, 2015.
The additional declassified material reflect on a range of topics, including reporting fissures between Al Qaeda and the group in Iraq and Bin Laden’s concern about Al Qaeda’s public image and his desire to depict his group as a united organization.
According to Director of National Intelligence, which released these documents, in the period shortly before his death, bin Laden placed the utmost importance on portraying his fraying organization as a united enterprise—while his lieutenants privately wrestled with their growing schism from Al- Qaeda in Iraq.
As the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approached, bin Laden envisioned a worldwide media campaign, suggesting his media team work with specific news outlets.
“It’s important that the documents collected at bin Laden’s compound be made available to the public. This was no easy feat as members of the task force dedicated themselves over a long period of time working in an Intelligence Community facility to review and declassify as many documents as possible,” said Brian Hale, ODNI Director of Public Affairs.
The latest publication aligns with the president’s call for increased transparency—consistent with national security prerogatives—and the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act, which required the ODNI to conduct a review of the documents for release, a media statement said.
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