On May 20, the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a sizeable chunk of documents recovered from Osama bin Laden. The documents were taken during the raid of the compound used to hide bin Laden. One of the revelations is of funds donated by an unidentified "Indian brother in Medinah".
The first receipt credited to the unidentified Indian dates to May 2008 for Pakistani Rs 292,400. The “Indian brother” paid another Rs 335,000 in July, 2009 — Rs 5,000 of which, bin Laden recorded, was given as a tip to the messenger, according to an Indian Expres s report.
"The documents also show bin Laden funnelled cash from a web of financiers like the "Indian brother" to elements of the jihadist movement in Pakistan, some also linked to the ISI", says the report.
Here are some excerpts from the classified documents:
A letter to his wife, as reported by NY Times .
"If I get killed, and you want to return to your family, then that is O.K., but you have to raise my children properly, and to watch them, and be careful of bad company for them."
"As for you, you are the apple of my eye, and the most precious thing that I have in this world. If you want to marry after me, I have no objection, but I really want for you to be my wife in paradise, and the woman, if she marries two men, is given a choice on Judgment Day to be with one of them."
A young Osama with his family in Sweden. Second from the right in green shirt and blue pants | Source: The Guardian
His letter on how the Islamic State can only be established once the United States has been defeated, as seen on NY Times.
"We should stress on the importance of timing in establishing the Islamic state. We should be aware that planning for the establishment of the state begins with exhausting the main influential power that enforced the siege on the Hamas government, and that overthrew the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan and Iraq despite the fact this power was depleted. We should keep in mind that this main power still has the capacity to lay siege on any Islamic state, and that such a siege might force the people to overthrow their duly elected governments."
" We have to continue with exhausting and depleting them till they become so weak that they can’t overthrow any state that we establish. That will be the time to commence with forming the Islamic state. "
And lastly, a letter from bin Laden to the American people, from the ODNI .
"We are defending our right. Jihad against the aggressors is a form of great worship in our religion, and killing us means a high status with our Lord. Thanks to God, we have been waging jihad for 30 years, against the Russians and then against you. Not a single one of our men has committed suicide, whereas every 30 days 30 of your men commit suicide. Continue the war if you will. Justice is the strongest army, and security is the best way of life, but it slipped out of your grasp the day you made the Jews victorious in occupying our land and killing our brothers in Palestine. The path to security is for you to lift your oppression from us."
Osma bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 by a US special forces military unit. According to the US government, documents seized from the compound indicated he was planning another strike in the United States.
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