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A Biography of Osama Bin Laden - "This document was given to PBS's Frontline by a source close to bin Laden who would like to remain anonymous. Frontline found it a very useful source of information, but could not independently verify much of the information contained herein. Some of the information is true. However, some of it runs contrary to accounts given by other reliable sources. That said, this document does provide some important details regarding bin Laden and his family life." Also see Frontline's Hunting Bin Laden.
Al-Nusra Front - An al-Qa'ida inspired group and possible front for a branch of al-Qa'ida militants from Iraq now also operating in Syria. Also see this CNN article from Elise Labott and Tim Lister.
Al-Qa'ida Statements Collection - This is a collection of 21 al-Qa'ida statements. At 131 pages long it is, at time of release, the most complete collection of statements available to the English speaking public. Normally such things are suppressed and then read only within law enforcement circles.
Al-Shabaab - Somalia-based cell of the militant Islamist group al-Qaeda, formally recognized in 2012. Controls large swathes of the southern parts of the country, where it is said to have imposed its own strict form of Sharia law. Al-Shabaab's troop strength as of May 2011 was estimated at 14,426 militants. In February 2012, Al-Shabaab leaders quarreled with Al-Qaeda over the union, and quickly lost ground.
Bin Laden Is Dead, Obama Says - The New York Times coverage of President Obama's announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Article written by Peter Baker, Helene Cooper and Mark Mazzetti, 01 May 2011.
FBI and 9/11 by Sibel Edmonds - Over four years ago, more than four months prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks, in April 2001, a long-term FBI informant/asset who had been providing the bureau with information since 1990, provided two FBI agents and a translator with specific information regarding a terrorist attack being planned by Osama Bin Laden.
Frontline: Hunting bin Laden - Investigates the 1998 U.S. embassy terrorist bombings in East Africa which killed 224 and injured over 5,000. The U.S. believes wealthy Saudi Arabian dissident Osama bin Laden masterminded behind these terrorist attacks. The program probes bin Laden's life story - tracing his roots in Saudi Arabia's dissident movement, his participation with other Muslims in the Afghan war, the evidence gathered about his terrorist network, and examines the motivations of his radical Islam supporters and why they want the U.S. driven out of Saudi Arabia. The investigation also examines America's retaliatory missile strikes in the Sudan and Afghanistan against bin Laden's terrorist network and talks to a U.S. Muslim community about anti-Muslim stereotyping and prejudice.
Frontline: In Search of Al Qaeda (21 Nov 2002) - In December 2001, as American forces blasted mountain hideouts in the Tora Bora region of eastern Afghanistan, hundreds of Al Qaeda soldiers hastily fled, crossing over unguarded mountain trails and seemingly disappearing into thin air. What happened to Al Qaeda? Where did its members find sanctuary? Has the network been scattered and rendered ineffective - or are they regrouping and planning more attacks? And is popular support for Al Qaeda waning or growing in the countries where it has drawn its stength?
Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) - An Islamist propaganda organization that is associated with the terrorist group, Al Qaeda, and other jihadist groups. The GIMF is known by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as an "underground media" organization. The GIMF specializes in production of jihadist material for distribution.
Hezb-i-Islami (Islamic Party) - Gulbaddin Hekmatyar, an anti-American Pashtun Afghan mujahedin leader, leads the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan, also known as HIG, a fundamentalist faction of the mujahideen. The Hezb-i-Islami (Islamic Party) was initially one of the most disciplined of the guerrilla groups that fought against Soviet occupation. Hezb-i-Islami received millions of dollars worth of military and financial aid from the United States. On 2 July 2003, Hekmatyar urged Afghans to "cut off the hands of the foreign meddlers" and drive all foreign forces out of Afghanistan.
Bin Ladin's Bookshelf - On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Osama bin Ladin. An interagency taskforce under the auspices of the White House and with the agreement of the DNI is reviewing all documents which supported disseminated intelligence cables, as well as other relevant material found around the compound. All documents whose publication will not hurt ongoing operations against al-Qa'ida or their affiliates will be released.
Osama bin Laden Videotape Transcript (Released 01 Nov 04) - The tape, bin Laden's first videotaped appearance since September 2003, was given to the Qatar-based al-Jazeera television network, which released a seven-minute version 29 Oct 04. On 01 Nov 04 the network released the entire 18-minute tape, and U.S. officials issued a translation of bin Laden's entire message.
Osamagate - Article by Michel Chossudovsky: "Confronted with mounting evidence, the U.S. Administration can no longer deny its links to Osama. While the CIA admits that Osama bin Laden was an "intelligence asset" during the Cold War, the relationship is said to "go way back ". Most news reports consider that these Osama-CIA links belong to the "bygone era" of the Soviet-Afghan war. They are invariably viewed as "irrelevant" to an understanding of present events. Lost in the barrage of recent history, the role of the CIA in supporting and developing international terrorist organisations during the Cold war and its aftermath is casually ignored or downplayed by the Western media."
Shadow War, The - Articles in this NYT series examine the secret expansion of the war against Al Qaeda and its allies.
Smoking Gun Archive - Osama bin Laden documents, including: Central Intelligence Agency's unclassified fact sheet, murder by the book, terrorism manual excerpts, and interrogating a bin Laden disciple.
Top Secret CIA Documents on Osama bin Laden Declassified - National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 381 posted 19 Jun 2012. Edited by Barbara Elias-Sanborn. The collection includes rarely released CIA emails, raw intelligence cables, analytical summaries, high-level briefing materials, and comprehensive counterterrorism reports that are usually withheld from the public because of their sensitivity. Today's posting covers a variety of topics of major public interest, including background to al-Qaeda's planning for the attacks; the origins of the Predator program now in heavy use over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran; al-Qaeda's relationship with Pakistan; CIA attempts to warn about the impending threat; and the impact of budget constraints on the U.S. government's hunt for bin Laden.
Young Osama - By Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 12 Dec 2005.
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