Al-Qaeda Confirms Death of Osama bin Laden
CAIRO (AP) - Al-Qaida vowed to keep fighting the United States and avenge the death of Osama bin Laden, which it acknowledged for the first time Friday in an Internet statement apparently designed to convince followers that it will remain vigorous and intact even after its founder's demise.
Al-Qaida, which carried out the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, has never abandoned its hope of again attacking the U.S. homeland.
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's military paints a different picture than the United States of Osama bin Laden' s final days: far from the terror mastermind still trying to strike America, he's seen as an aging terrorist hiding in barren rooms, short of money and struggling to maintain his grip on al-Qaida.
But the CIA is saying he was in touch with key members of al-Qaida, playing a strong role in planning and directing attacks by al-Qaida and its affiliates in Yemen and Somalia, senior U.S. officials said Friday, citing documents found during the Monday morning raid in which bin Laden was killed.
Three of bin Laden' s wives were living with him in the compound and are being interrogated by Pakistani authorities, who took them into custody after Monday's raid, along with 13 children, eight of them bin Laden' s.
Their accounts could help shed light on the U.S. military operation that killed the al-Qaida leader and reveal how he was able to avoid capture for nearly 10 years.
Bin Laden' s first priority, an official said, was his own security. But the data shows that he was far more active in providing guidance and telling affiliated groups in Yemen and Somalia what they should or should not be doing.
They believe the plot, which seemed to be formulated in February 2010, was only in the initial planning stages, and there was no recent intelligence about any active plan for such an attack. The FBI and Homeland Security issued an intelligence bulletin with details of the plan to law enforcement around the country. The bulletin, marked "for official use only," was obtained by the AP.
Reuters obtained photos taken just about an hour after the US Navy SEALS raid that killed Osama Bin Laden by a Pakistani security official. The Pakistani official entered the compound after the raid on Monday early morning and found and snapped photos of three dead men lying in pools of blood.
Two of the men were dressed in traditional Pakistani garb and the third was in a t-shirt. The official who took the photos remains anonymous, but sold the pictures to Reuters.
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Reuters reported the photos are genuine and have not been tampered with. Evidence of that includes that they were all taken in sequence and are all the same size in pixels. Also, the time and date in the photos are recorded in the digital file's metadata and matches the lighting conditions for the area as well as the time and date imprinted on the image itself.
One photo shows a computer cable and what looks like a child's plastic green and orange water pistol lying under the right shoulder of one of the dead men. A large pool of blood has formed under his head.
A second shows another man with a streak of blood running from his nose across his right cheek and a large band of blood across his chest.
A third man, in a T-shirt, is on his back in a large pool of blood which appears to be from a head wound.
As for the release of the photos of dead Osama Bin Laden himself, President Obama released a statement saying they would not be released. The nation is torn between wanting the photos released to send a strong and unambiguous message to our enemies, and the White House which says “President Barack Obama decided not to release photos of his body because it could have incited violence and used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.”
LONDON (AP) - Pipe bombs, a targeted car crash, a lone gunman: Western intelligence officials said Friday they are seeing increased Internet and phone chatter about cheap, small-scale terror attacks to avenge the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
British cleric Anjem Choudary, who helped organize Friday's demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy, said revenge attacks in Britain and abroad were likely because of bin Laden' s importance to al-Qaida and its affiliates. Choudary used to head the outlawed al-Muhajiroun group and is now a member of the Muslims Against Crusades group.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret until now, stealth helicopters may have been key to the success of the Osama bin Laden raid. But the so-far-unexplained crash of one of the modified Black Hawks at the scene apparently compromised at least some of the aircraft's secrets.
The two choppers evidently used radar-evading technologies, plus noise and heat suppression devices, to slip across the Afghan-Pakistan border, avoid detection by Pakistani air defenses and deliver two dozen Navy SEALS into the al-Qaida leader's lair. Photos of the lost chopper's wrecked tail are circulating online - proving it exists and also exposing sensitive details.
WASHINGTON -- Holed up in a compound in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was scheming how to hit the United States hard again, according to newly uncovered documents that show al-Qaida plans for derailing an American train on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Details of the plan emerged Thursday as some of the first intelligence was gleaned from the trove of information found in bin Laden' s residence when Navy SEALS killed the al-Qaida leader and four of his associates. They took his body and scooped up computers, DVDs and documents from the compound where U.S. officials think he had been living for as long as six years.
THE OPERATION THAT TOOK OUT OSAMA BIN LADEN
In the early morning hours of May 2nd in Pakistan, a U.S. military raid of an al-Qaida compound in Abbottabad killed America’s most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Ladin. The mission’s success was the culmination of many years of complex, thorough, and highly-advanced intelligence operations and analysis led by the CIA with support from partners across the Intelligence Community.