Bin Laden mulled 9/11 anniversary attack team: Report

By AFP
Published: July 15, 2011

US officials revealed in the days after the May 2 raid that killed Bin Laden that notebooks and computer files seized in the Navy SEAL operation showed he was bent on more attacks against US and Western targets. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

WASHINGTON: Slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a top lieutenant discussed the make-up of a team of militants to attack the United States on this year’s 10th anniversary of 9/11, a report said Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed US officials, said the “communications” were recovered from Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad but that there was no evidence the “nascent plot” ever went beyond the planning phase.

“Bin Laden and his operations chief, Attiyah Abd al-Rahman, swapped views about the composition of the attack team, with Bin Laden repeatedly rejecting names that Mr. Rahman suggested,” the report said.

US officials revealed in the days after the May 2 raid that killed Bin Laden that notebooks and computer files seized in the Navy SEAL operation showed he was bent on more attacks against US and Western targets.

Bin Laden wanted to strike at major US cities, including Los Angeles, and to hit trains as well as airplanes, and mentioned key dates such as America’s July 4 Independence Day celebrations and the upcoming 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, they said.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Sam
    Jul 15, 2011 - 12:14PM

    so he was not only waiting like a sitting duck in abbotabad but also ensured all documents were well preserved in case of a drone attack?

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  • tahir
    Jul 15, 2011 - 9:11PM

    @Sam – Dude, don’t start with the conspiracy theory again. I am sure OBL in his mind thought he was safe in Abbotabad and why not as he was staying there for 5 years already. All other kinds of videos of him were found which we have seen on media.

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  • Jul 15, 2011 - 9:52PM

    Now baseless and unacceptable stories being attributed
    after main incident.
    He is killed ok,he is no more right but what he wanted to do
    it is no matter.

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  • Sam
    Jul 16, 2011 - 10:07AM

    @tahir:

    “dude” do u really believe everything the media feeds u….. think for urself and open ur mind up… there are more facts that OBL wasnt there then the fact that he was… leaving behind documentary evidence well preserved despite a drone attack is one such example of facts that suggest alot of this is made up…

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  • Sam
    Jul 16, 2011 - 12:20PM

    @tahir:

    which videoa.. the ones in which he is a lefty.. or th ones in which hes a righty? hahah things dont add up… im not saying he didnt live there but i also refuse to rule out other possibilities…

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