Bin Laden Disapproved of, Had Little Control Over ‘Affiliates,’ Documents Reveal

Osama bin Laden often disapproved of what so-called “affiliate” organizations were doing and in fact had very little, if any, control over their actions, according to declassified documents obtained by the U.S. during the raid on his residence a year ago.

Bin Laden “was not, as many thought, the puppet master pulling the strings that set in motion jihadi groups around the world,” an analysis by the Combating Terrorism Center which posted the files on their website said. Bin Laden “was burdened by what he saw as their incompetence.”

If these affiliated militant groups kept killing Muslim civilians, bin Laden wrote in a letter shortly before the Navy SEAL raid that killed him, “they will spoil [things and] alienate the people, who could be won over by enemy after enemy…. Our brothers are making things worse by opening themselves up to evil and hostility!”

Some commentators, like Spencer Ackerman of Wired’s Danger Room, have argued that the U.S. government’s declassification of these documents showing bin Laden’s disapproval of supposedly allied militant groups is an “attempt to sow discord within the ranks of al-Qaida’s remaining sympathizers.”

But the Obama administration’s primary legal justification for, by example, waging a secret drone war in Yemen against “al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” or AQAP, is that the group is intimately tied at the operational level with al-Qaeda. Experts on Yemen have disputed that claim, but these documents are further evidence that al-Qaeda is loosely tied with these groups, if at all, and often fundamentally disagrees with their actions and strategy.

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  • same oldstuff

    lol, ya lets believe YEAR OLD documents….. people are so gullible.

  • Nathan

    I got to be careful about what corporate media feeds me as news, especially these days about Bin Laden. I have read and seen some proof elsewhere that he died a few years ago.

    I think at least those who post comments here have probably found their own reasons not to believe either the politicians or the corporate/mainstream media.

    I wonder what the navy seals dumped in the ocean as his body. Has anyone heard that the seals who were involved in that operation died in a helicopter crash?

  • gerryhiles

    Osama killed last year! How about died of liver disease in Pakistan at least ten years ago.

    Documents obtained during that spurious raid! How about more or less common knowledge, for anyone interested.

    Of course he had no control, the CIA did. His use-value, other than as a post-mortem bogeyman, ended with the ousting of Soviet forces from Afghanistan.

    No one (now?) really believes that he organized the controlled demolition of WTCs 1, 2 and 7 – virtually simultaneously destroyed, give or take a few hours, in a triple event that's totally unique, even with one steel-framed building.

    Oh wait. There are those who still believe what Bush & Co told them … some even before WTC 7 collapsed at near free-fall acceleration. Take a look at the BBC crystal ball:
    http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/bbc_wtc

    Any comments?

  • What we don't know: Whether the documents are even real, or whether they were completely manufactured.

    What we do know: Even if they are real, only those which tend to support the US regime's preferred narrative will be released.