May 3, 2012

Bin Laden = Cobra Commander?

A study of newly declassified documents seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound a year ago reveals the Al-Qaida leader wasn't the mastermind we were led to believe.

Kind of closer to, say Cobra Commander - from the cartoon - than the James Bond villain we had suspected.

He ha a tumultuous relationship with his “affiliates” around the world; the documents show also that Bin Laden had chosen CBS as the recipient of a Sept. 11 anniversary propaganda message by Al-Qaida. (Would have suggested MSNBC....)

The series of 17 letters penned by Bin Laden to his henchmen, dating from September 2006 to the weeks leading to his death in 2011, has been made available in Arabic and English translations by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Read, in detail, Bin Laden’s increasingly disenchanted perceptions of Iran, Pakistan, and the Arab Spring and the dysfunction within his own network — all which can be found here.

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