Breaking News

Asia Today ISSN 1861-4604 Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Headline

Six years after his death, CIA releases Bin Laden documents

The documents released to the public

Share on Facebook November 2, 2017, Reporter : BNN , Reader : 793

news

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Six years after the al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed off in a raid that is still noted as mysterious by conspiracy theorists - the CIA has now released the last batch of documents.

These documents reports noted were recovered from the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan after the notorious al-Qaeda leader was killed in the U.S. raid.

The documents released to the public provide new insight into the man who spent over a decade as the world’s most wanted terrorist mastermind.

It also provides an insight into the network and global leadership of al-Qaeda, which, even after its founder’s death, remains one of America’s top terrorism threats.

The documents, audio, video and text, include personal photographs of his family and a journal penned by the terror mastermind himself.

The Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a think tank that was instrumental in pushing the U.S. government to release the files, conducted an analysis of the hundreds of thousands of documents and revealed that the trove includes new information about al Qaeda's relationship with Iran.

It also includes a document purportedly written by a senior member of al Qaeda detailing an arrangement between Iran and members of al Qaeda to strike American interests in "Saudi Arabia and the Gulf." 

According to the document and the subsequent analysis, in exchange, Iran offered al Qaeda "money, arms” and “training in Hezbollah camps in Lebanon."

Reports noted that the author of the file, described as "well-connected," explains that al Qaeda's forces violated the terms of the agreement of the deal with Iran, resulting in several men being detained.

However, the senior al Qaeda member also noted in the document that the organization is not at war with Iran due to their shared anti-American interests.

Analysts have pointed out that one of the most notable releases is a 228-page handwritten journal kept by Osama bin Laden himself.

FDD has said that the journal contains "thoughts on the 2011 Arab uprisings, which bin Laden wanted his men to capitalize on.”

Apart from that, the released documents also contains video scenes from the wedding of Hamza bin Laden, Osama's eldest son, whom al Qaeda is said to be currently grooming for a leadership role.

The wedding, FDD believes took place in Iran, where Hamza spent years in a form of house arrest.

A recent report from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point called the younger bin Laden, who is in his early 30s, “Al-Qaeda’s leader in waiting.”

Jonathan Schanzer, the FDD’s senior vice president for research said, “This is an important moment for the American public in terms of getting a better understanding of al-Qaeda, which continues to threaten the United States, and also to learn more about the man who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks. And this is an important step for transparency.”

According to officials, more than a million documents were recovered from bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan by the U.S. Navy SEALs who carried out the raid. 

Before today, only a small fraction or around 600, had been released to the public.

For months now, lawmakers on Capitol Hill had been pushing for the full release of the CIA's documents from the raid. 

FDD too has long pressed the U.S. government to release the full cache, arguing that they will increase the public understanding of the terror group as well as keep U.S. assessments of it in check.

In March this year, House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said the release of the documents was essential.

Nunes had said then, "Those documents need to get out, especially as you see the growth of al Qaeda and ISIS. Those documents need to get out for historians to have those records so that we can begin to build a history of what al Qaeda was, what it is today, what they were thinking at the time."

U.S. officials have said that they will not release the purported stash of pornography that U.S. troops were reported to have recovered from the compound.

In September, Mike Pompeo, the CIA’s director, said that many more of the files would soon be declassified.

More Euro Asia news of the month

Photos ‘Trump’s presidency fueled growth of U.S. hate groups’

WASHINGTON, U.S. - According to an assessment released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of U.S. hate groups expanded last...

Photos Facebook responds to Russia probe: Will verify ad buyers

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - In its response to the intensifying Russia probe being led by Congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert...

Photos Massive 7.2 magnitude quake rocks Mexico, affecting millions

MEXICO CITY, Mexico - A massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico’s southern Pacific Coast on Friday, leaving millions...

Photos Should Melania ‘leave’ Donald Trump? See what polls say

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb 17 (ANI): Not all seems to be well with the Trumps if US-based poll numbers are to be believed. Over a...

Photos Florida school shooting: Police hunt for bomb, multiple dead

FLORIDA, U.S. - Several casualties have been reported in a shooting incident that rattled a high school in Parkland, Florida, just...

Photos Trump tell-all? President's lawyer confirms paying porn star

WASHINGTON, U.S. - After U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyer admitted that he paid the adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in...

Photos White House in chaos after FBI shifts blame in Porter case

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Amid a controversy that has engulfed the White House for close to two weeks now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation...

Photos Trump Jnr’s wife hospitalized after opening suspected letter

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Late on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law and Donald Trump Jnr’s wife Vanessa Trump...

Photos Rachel Brand, third-highest ranking DoJ official steps down

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Another top ranking official at the Justice Department has announced plans to leave the department - at a time of...

Flying Reimagined

Stock Index

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Life Style

Photo Gallery

FEUILLETON