Secret al-Qaeda memo: We must recruit and manipulate ‘ignorant’ Muslims

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

In the series of Abbottabad files, discovered in Osama bin Laden's house which was raided by the US military in Abbottabad, northern Pakistan in 2011, one document has exposed particularly sensitive information. It reveals that al-Qaeda targeted “common” and “ignorant” recruits worldwide, as stated by the group’s Libyan military commander Abu Yahya al-Libi. Abu Yahya was al-Qaeda’s second-in-command after Ayman al-Zawahri and was killed in a US drone attack in ...

Abbottabad files reveal Iran helped train al-Qaeda recruits to hijack planes

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Abbottabad documents revealed that late al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden insisted to use jets in attacks against the US even after the September 11, 2001 twin attacks. Bin Laden urged his commanders to focus their efforts on aerial attacks against the US and its allies. Documents also revealed that Iran was involved in preparing for such attacks as it allowed al-Qaeda commission led by Younis al-Mauritani to train al-Qaeda recruits there and dispatch them to hijack planes. “It’s ...

Abbottabad files reveal how Iran, Assad recruited al-Qaeda militants

Monday, 5 February 2018

Following the events of September 11, 2001, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard helped relocate al-Qaeda members and leadership by providing them with new clothes, shoes, Iranian passports and money. These details were discovered in a series of letters from the al-Qaeda communication officer Atiyyatullah al-Libi, whose real name is Jamal Ibrahim al-Shtaiwi al-Musrati. He was appointed by Osama bin Laden himself as an al-Qaeda envoy in Iran. The letters also reveal the nature of the cooperation ...

Fate of bin Laden’s children gleaned from the Abbottabad files

Monday, 29 January 2018

The videos and various photographs found in the Abbottabad files clearly reveal that the wives and children of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden endured a life of great hardship and trauma for over two decades.It is clear from these photos and videos that the descendant of one of the most famous and wealthiest of households turned his children and grandchildren into fugitives, leaving them to seek shelter in deserts, mountains and caves, poorly clad and bereft of any clear identity.The second ...

New image of Osama bin Laden’s spokesman and son-In-law in Iran revealed

Sunday, 21 January 2018

A new photo has been released of Osama bin Laden’s son in law and al-Qaeda spokesman in Iran. The photo has emerged as part of the Abbottabad documents. The image of the 52-year-old Kuwait-born Sulaiman Abu Ghaith taken north of Tehran showed him in a completely different form his normal appearance in al-Qaeda’s media publications. The image taken in 2009 showed Abu Ghaith in a family outing organized by Iranian officials during the period al-Qaeda were establishing their presence in ...

EXCLUSIVE: Image shows al-Qaeda’s Hamza bin Laden with his brothers in Iran

Sunday, 7 January 2018

In a first, exclusive images provided to Al Arabiya have shown Hamza bin Laden, the son of late al-Qaeda leader Osama, with his brothers in Iran. The images reveal the face of the heir to the al-Qaeda leadership, amid the organization's keenness not to show Hamza’s face, releasing only audio recordings from him in recent years. The picture shows three of Osama bin Laden’s sons. From the right, they are: Mohammad, Laden and Hamza. The three brothers were separated after leaving Iran ...

PHOTOS: How Osama bin Laden made his safe house self-sufficient

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Abbottabad documents, disclosed eight years after the CIA raided Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, shed light on Bin Laden’s house and how it was self-sufficient. The house was built in 2003. According to images disclosed with the Abbottabad documents, Bin Laden tried to make the house self-sufficient by raising rabbits and chicken, breeding cows and cultivating crops.        

Hamza bin Laden likely groomed for a senior al-Qaeda role

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, appeared in a video broadcast by al-Qaeda’s ‘al-Sahab’ media channel in which he criticized Saudi Arabia and its alliance with the United States. This video raises many questions about the timing, the motives and future developments, as Hamza may be in the process of being groomed for a senior role.Hamza bin Laden seems to be emerging in circumstances similar to those in which his father came to prominence, following the invasion of ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

US airstrikes kill five al-Qaida operatives in Yemen

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The US military says its airstrikes have killed five al-Qaida operatives in Yemen. Central Command said on Friday the airstrikes were carried out on Nov. 20 in the central Bayda province. It says those killed included Mujahid al-Adani, an al-Qaida leader in the neighboring province of Shabwa. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has long been seen by US officials as the most dangerous offshoot of the global network founded by Osama bin Laden. Yemen was plunged into civil war nearly three years ago. ...

Osama bin Laden’s curse chases an Iraqi boy to his grave

Friday, 1 December 2017

Just four days before he was about to legally change his first name, Iraqi teenager Osama Bin Laden Hussein died after being electrocuted, a cousin said on Thursday. The 16-year-old was named by his father after Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, whose group carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, his cousin, Mohannad, told AFP. “He was born at the end of 2001, just after the September 11 attack on the Twin Towers [in New York],” said Mohannad, who declined to ...

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