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The Bin Laden Papers - May 3, 2012, 10:02 AM

The CTC (Combating Terrorism Center) at West Point released a study today of some of the documents that were recovered at the OBL compound during the raid. It's 64 pages, but an interesting read.


Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined? | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point



Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined?

May 03, 2012
Authors: Don Rassler, Gabriel Koehler-Derrick, Liam Collins, Muhammad al-Obaidi, Nelly Lahoud



This report is a study of 17 de-classified documents captured during the Abbottabad raid and released to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). They consist of electronic letters or draft letters, totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic and 197 pages in the English translation. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011.



These internal al-Qa`ida communications were authored by several leaders, most prominently Usama bin Ladin. In contrast to his public statements that focused on the injustice of those he believed to be the “enemies” of Muslims, namely corrupt “apostate” Muslim rulers and their Western “overseers,” the focus of Bin Ladin’s private letters is Muslims’ suffering at the hands of his jihadi “brothers”. He is at pain advising them to abort domestic attacks that cause Muslim civilian casualties and focus on the United States, “our desired goal.” Bin Ladin’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 de-classified documents. “Letters from Abbottabad” is an initial exploration and contextualization of 17 documents that will be the grist for future academic debate and discussion.



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May 3, 2012, 12:37 PM

I still can't believe his digs cost 1 million dollars.
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May 3, 2012, 12:54 PM

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I still can't believe his digs cost 1 million dollars.
Good point. I wonder where that number came from.


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May 3, 2012, 02:44 PM

Seems like US Authorities are being a little generous in their estimates according to this Bloomberg article.

They do quote a local RE Agent saying that the actual land would cost about $200,000... And the concrete structure is much bigger than an average house...
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