Osama’s letters and documents decoded

2 Mar 2016 | By Ramya
A glimpse into the life of Osama-bin-Laden

The recovered documents show what Osama bin Laden's concerns were.​

The documents released by the US indicate that Bin-Laden was worried about the air-strikes on America and feared about being assassinated.​

He was concerned about his army getting distracted by the intra-religion Muslim war and losing focus on attacking America.

​The documents show that he urged all his associates and relatives to support al-Qaeda.

In context: A glimpse into the life of Osama-bin-Laden

Introduction Who was Osama bin Laden?

Osama-bin-Laden was born on 10 March 1957 to a wealthy bin-Laden family in Saudi Arabia.

He was the founder of the international terrorist organization, al-Qaeda. He founded al-Qaeda in 1988.

He carried out countless terrorist attacks, one of which was the September 11 attack on the US.

He was shot dead on 2 May 2011 in a secret-operation by the US in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

20 May 2015US releases collection of Osama’s documents

The US had released a collection of over 100 documents that once belonged to Osama bin Laden.

The documents recovered by the US Navy SEALs at Abbottabad after Osama was shot dead showed that Osama had asked his followers to focus on attacking the US.

The spokesperson of US National Intelligence said that the documents were released because of Obama's call for increased transparency.

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Osama knew his deeds needed prayers

In one of the letters dated 2008, Osama wrote to his father: “If I am to be killed, pray for me a lot and give continuous charities in my name, as I will be in great need for support to reach the ‘permanent’ home.”

2 Mar 2016Osama’s hand-written will released

The US government had revealed a handwritten will of the late Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda militant group.

The handwritten will was a part of the documents recovered during the US SEAL raid in 2011 in Pakistan.

The documents were officially declared and translated from the Arabic language by US Intelligence.

Many documents recovered in 2011 are yet to be classified.

2 Mar 2016What did Osama leave behind?

Osama stated how he wanted to distribute his $29million fortune in Sudan through his will.

The will states that majority of the $29million should be spent on al-Qaeda's operations and two al-Qaeda members get 1% of the fortune each.

He stated that certain amounts in gold and Saudi riyals be distributed between his mother; son and daughter; uncle and his children; and maternal aunts.

Osama was scared and worried

A letter to his wife after her visit to a physician sheds light on Osama’s mindset. He described a tracking-device and asked her to make sure they didn’t implant one inside her. This shows he was scared of being caught.
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