Newly released documents obtained from Usama bin Laden's compound
reveal that the former Al Qaeda leader was unsure -- even fearful -- of
the terror network's affiliate groups and his ability to control them.
documents, which were seized last year in a Navy SEAL team raid that
killed bin Laden, show he was deeply troubled by terrorist attacks
carried out by regional jihadist groups that caused Muslim civilian
"No Muslim (should) fall victim except when it is absolutely necessary," bin Laden writes.
private letters, bin Laden called for affiliate groups to abort
domestic attacks and focus their attention on the United States, "our
desired goal." In particular, bin Laden wished to take down planes
carrying Gen. David Petraeus and President Obama.
"We shall avoid
carrying out attacks in Islamic countries except for the countries that
fell under invasion and direct occupation," bin Laden writes.
cites several reasons: the potential killing of Muslims who the enemy
uses as human shields, and the possibility of getting involved in a war
against a regime and one Al Qaeda didn't start.
of Obama, bin Laden wrote, would bring an "utterly unprepared" Vice
President Biden into power and the U.S. into crisis.
documents, a selection of which were posted online Thursday by the U.S.
Army's Combating Terrorism Center, also suggest difficulties in Al
Qaeda's relationship with Iran.
The 17 documents -- totaling about 175 pages in Arabic -- range in dates from September 2006 to April 2011.
former Al Qaeda chief was killed May 2, 2011, when an elite Navy SEAL
team stormed his secret three-story compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The team managed to seize roughly 100 flash drives, five computer hard
drives, piles of paperwork and bin Laden's handwritten journal, in hopes
the information could inform U.S. leaders of Al Qaeda's future