The Osama Bin Laden Files

The Osama Bin Laden Files

Letters and Documents Discovered by SEAL Team Six During Their Raid on Bin Laden's Compound

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Collects the seventeen declassified letters found in Osama bin Laden's compound by the SEAL team that took him down.

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Norton Pub
“An intriguing glimpse into the aging al-Qaeda leader’s thoughts as his life neared its end.” —Washington Post

“A sort of anthropology of a terror network.” —The New York Times

“A rare, often fascinating glimpse of al-Qaeda and its leadership.” —BBC News

On May 2, 2011, US Navy SEALs and CIA operatives raided the secret compound of Osama bin Laden, killing the founder of the jihadist militant group al-Qaeda, which was responsible for the tragedies of September 11, 2001. A year after his death, documents and personal correspondence by bin Laden found in the compound have been made public for the first time, offering a rare glimpse into the mind of one of the most infamous terrorists in world history.

A treasure trove of documents, including correspondence between bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders, have been translated from Arabic, accompanied by analysis and background information from members of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. The Osama bin Laden Diaries details the decision making behind one of the most nefarious terrorist organizations of all time.

Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Publishing, 2012
ISBN: 9781620873823
Characteristics: 268 p. ; 23 cm


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Jan 04, 2017

This book isn't too surprising overall - it provides a road map on how to commit terrorism anywhere possible, but especially in the Middle East. There are a few surprises, though: Osama Bin Laden encourages Al Qaida to recruit Roman Catholics who have been disaffected by the sex and financial scandals that have plagued the church; he advises the group to stop sending videos and manifestos to Al Jazeera and instead use more "neutral" outlets, such as ABC and CBS and the Canadian global security analyst Gwynne Dyer; he provides an early analysis of the Arab Spring and where it should have been headed (but turns out never was); and he decries the Islamic State at its embryonic stages in 2011, just weeks before OBL was killed. No doubt there are a treasure trove of letters and e-mails that remain classified, but the handful in this book shows just how far some were willing to create a caliphate, even if not of the kind envisioned by ISIS.


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