Great new CTC report, available online at:
This report is a study of 17 de-classified documents captured during the Abbottabad raid and released to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). They consist of electronic letters or draft letters, totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic and 197 pages in the English translation. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011.Â Â These internal al-Qa`ida communications were authored by severalÂ leaders, most prominently Usama bin Ladin.Â In contrast to his public statements that focused on the injustice of those he believed to be the â€œenemiesâ€ of Muslims, namely corrupt â€œapostateâ€ Muslim rulers and their Western â€œoverseers,â€ the focus of Bin Ladinâ€™s private letters is Muslimsâ€™ suffering at the hands of his jihadi â€œbrothersâ€. He is at pain advising them to abort domestic attacks that cause Muslim civilian casualties and focus on the United States, â€œour desired goal.â€ Bin Ladinâ€™s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told on the basis of the 17 de-classified documents. â€œLetters from Abbottabadâ€ is an initial exploration and contextualization of 17 documents that will be the grist for future academic debate and discussion.