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The Bin Laden Files Reveal Growing Terrorist Threat to U.S.

At long last, most of the files captured when U.S. Special Forces  killed al-Qaeda’s leader in May 2011 have been released. Although bits and pieces have dribbled out, they should have been public long since.

The best short discussion of the files is in The Long War Journal, written by Bill Roggio and Tom Joscelyn, my colleagues at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. They, along with Stephen Hayes at The Weekly Standard, have long advocated the release of the archive.

The files are very important. They provide invaluable insight into the growing terrorist threat to the United States, document AQ operations well beyond the Middle East, and show remarkable patience in the use of media. Bin Laden is gone, but his blueprint for his organization’s long-term strategy remains active.


Trove of Bin Laden documents reveal Iran’s secret dealings with al-Qaeda

A newly released trove of documents recovered from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound have revealed “secret dealings” between Iran and al-Qaeda.

Nearly half a million files found on the computer seized in the May 2, 2011, US raid on the al-Qaeda founder’s hideout in Abbottabad were released by the CIA on Wednesday.

A never-before-seen 19-page document purportedly written by a senior member of al-Qaeda details an arrangement between Iran and members of the group to strike American interests in “Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.”

In exchange, Shia Iran offered Sunni militants “money, arms” and “training in Hizbollah camps in Lebanon.”

Justin is so keen on Iran, this will have him panting!


Hiding in plain sight: Astonishing videos of Osama bin Laden’s family life in hiding have been revealed by the CIA

And Pakistan knew nothing of this of course.

Astonishing videos of Osama bin Laden’s family life in hiding have been revealed by the CIA – showing his children and grandchildren playing in the open despite him being the world’s most wanted man.

One video shows never-before-seen footage of bin Laden’s son and potential successor, Hamza bin Laden, as an adult.

The home videos were seized from his Abbottabad compound after Seal Team Six stormed it and killed the 9/11 mastermind.


CIA refuses to release bin Laden’s porn stash to public

The public will never find out what kind of pornography titillated Osama bin Laden as he whiled away his last days in a Pakistan hideaway.

The CIA will soon release evidence collected after bin Laden was whacked in his Abbottabad compound by a SEAL team in 2011, but the one-time al-Qaida leader’s extensive porn collection will continue to be stashed away.

“There’s some pornography, there’s some copyrighted material,” CIA director Mike Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News. “Everything other than those items will be released in the weeks ahead.”


Osama bin Laden was obsessed with al Qaeda’s ‘brand’

Osama bin Laden knew image was everything — and micro-managed his worldwide terror operation with an eye firmly on al Qaeda’s “brand” name.

“Osama bin Laden was not just, you know, sitting in his house to avoid being captured or killed. He was in, some instances, micro-managing al Qaeda and its affiliates,” former FBI investigator Ali Soufan told “60 Minutes” in an interview aired Sunday night.

“Yeah, micro-managing. You know, `You can plant this crops and this crops. It’s very good. Oh and by the way, you know, stop beheading people and cutting heads. That makes me look bad. You know, I have a brand to protect.’ ”


Osama bin Laden’s Secret Masturbation Fatwa

In January, the U.S. government released 49 new documents seized in 2011 from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Among the items — the fourth and final batch of bin Laden documents made public since 2012 — is a letter addressed to a senior colleague in North Africa in which the now-deceased al Qaeda leader raises “a very special and top secret matter”:

It pertains to the problem of the brothers who are with you in their unfortunate celibacy and lack of availability of wives for them in the conditions that have been imposed on them. We pray to God to release them. I wrote to Shaykh/Doctor ((Ayman)), [al-Zawahiri], and I consulted with Shaykh ((Abu Yahya)) [al-Libbi].

Dr. Ayman has written us his opinion … As we see it, we have no objection to clarifying to the brothers that they may, in such conditions, masturbate, since this is an extreme case. The ancestors approved this for the community. They advised the young men at the time of the conquest to do so. It has also been prescribed by the legists when needed, and there is no doubt that the brothers are in a state of extreme need.

It is well-known that bin Laden was a fastidious and overbearing micromanager. But few would have suspected that it extended this far. And although it has been widely reported that he was in possession of a porn stash at his Abbottabad compound, it will no doubt come as a surprise that bin Laden, the foremost jihadi of his generation, had thought long and hard (no pun intended) on the issue of masturbation, as has current al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Bin Laden’s edict, though, raises more questions than it clarifies: If knocking one out in times of “extreme need” is permitted, how does one define the emergency of “extreme need”: Is it a week, a month, or a mere day of celibacy? Alas, bin Laden’s letter doesn’t shed any light on these burning questions.

All of this is good, harmless fun, of course. But the sexual torment of jihadis is no laughing matter, and may even help explain the genesis of their violence.

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Osama Bin Laden’s son vows revenge against US for killing his father in video posted online

Hamza bin Laden promised to continue the global militant group’s fight against the United States and its allies in the 21-minute speech entitled “We Are All Osama,” according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

“We will continue striking you and targeting you in your country and abroad in response to your oppression of the people of Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Muslim lands that did not survive your oppression,” Hamza said.


The Saudi Bombings And The Legacy Of Bin Laden

Osama bin Laden may be dead but if the July 4 bombings in Saudi Arabia demonstrate anything to a global audience forcibly becoming, if not numbed, then wearily resigned to the horrors of jihadist violence, it’s that his playbook is still in full effect — albeit with some major alterations.


Bin Laden’s son calls to target Jewish, US, Western interests

Hamza Bin Laden the son of former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, is calling for the targeting of Jewish and Western interests and the building of an army to “liberate Jerusalem.”

According to a new al-Qaida video discovered by the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) and shared with The Jerusalem Post, Hamza praised the stabbing attacks by Palestinians against Israelis and called on Muslims from around the world to join the fight to defend Jerusalem, urging them to “participate in the intifada” of their Palestinian brethren by “killing the Jews and attacking their interests everywhere.”

The full gibber jabber below….


Did Pakistani Intelligence Poison the CIA Station Chief After Bin Laden Raid?

In the weeks following the takedown of Osama bin Laden, the CIA station chief in Pakistan, Mark Kelton, came down with a mysterious ailment. It was so bad that at times he was doubled over in pain.

Unable to be treated in Pakistan, Kelton was sent home. But many of his colleagues and co workers at Langley and throughout the U.S. government speculated that Kelton had been poisoned by the ISI — the Inter-Services Intelligence agency.


Bin Laden in the jihadist world of ‘Islamic State’

In an era marked by an exponential rise of jihadist group “Islamic State” (IS), not many people remember or care about Osama bin Laden, the most feared terrorist in the world a decade ago. IS has not only overshadowed bin Laden’s al Qaeda in the Middle East, it is now also making huge gains in the Af-Pak region, which was previously dominated by al Qaeda.

The South Asian militant groups, including some factions of the Taliban, are moving closer to IS, which has proven its strength in the past few years by capturing vast swathes of territories in Iraq and Syria, something which al Qaeda could never manage to do in its heyday. The world now fears Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed “caliph” of the “Islamic State.” Bin Laden has been largely forgotten.


Doctor who helped CIA track bin Laden still languishes in Pakistan jail

The doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden has been abandoned in his Pakistan prison cell by America, his supporters claimed on the fifth anniversary of the al-Qaeda leader’s killing.

Shakil Afridi was hailed as a hero by US officials after a fake vaccination campaign he ran allowed the CIA to pinpoint Bin Laden’s precise location, leading to the famous Abbottabad compound raid in May 2011.

But the raid severely strained relations between Washington and Islamabad, where officials were not informed about the operation.


CIA ‘live tweets’ Osama bin Laden raid

The CIA”s media wing is tweeting a “real time” account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

In an unusual decision taken to mark the five year anniversary of the 2011 raid, the agency’s Twitter account is publishing an hour-by-hour description of the top secret mission against the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.


Bin Laden’s will shows that he left Millions for global jihad – and worried about CIA tracker chips in his wife’s teeth

Osama bin Laden left more than £20 million in his will so that his followers could carry on his grand jihadist schemes against the West, newly declassified documents show.

In a series of missives that reveals anxieties about both his personal security and his long term legacy , the late al-Qaeda leader said he had around $29m in personal wealth to be used “on jihad, for the sake of Allah.”

His last will and testament is part of a file released by US officials from a cache of documents seized during the raid that killed bin Laden at his secret compound in Pakistan five years ago.