4 May 2012

Osama bin Laden documents released

12:15 pm on 4 May 2012

Newly released documents from Osama bin Laden's compound show the al-Qaeda leader was unhappy with affiliated groups' attacks on fellow Muslims and urged them to target the US instead.

The United States military has released 17 documents of a cache of more than 6,000 seized by US special forces in the raid in which they killed Osama bin Laden, the BBC reports.

The papers date from September 2006 to April 2011 and include letters from other al-Qaeda leaders.

In its executive summary on the documents, the US military says they reveal Bin Laden's frustration with affiliated organisations and his powerlessness to control their actions.

This includes his lieutenants threatening to take measures against the leadership of the Pakistani Taliban for their "vile mistakes", including indiscriminate attacks on Muslims.

Osama bin Laden wrote a strongly worded letter to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula urging them to focus on attacking the US, instead of the Yemeni government or security forces.

Some documents suggest that the group had a strained relationship with Iran.

There is no explicit reference to any institutional support from Pakistan, where the al-Qaeda leader lived for nine years.

The 175-page cache was posted online by the US Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center.