Bin Laden Obama - Osama bin Laden had plans to attack President Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus, according to documents recovered from the al-Qaida leader’s compound in Pakistan.
The materials refer to an attack that would destroy any aircraft carrying the two men in the region. The information comes from a source familiar with the matter. It was not immediately clear whether the documents referred to a specified plan.
U.S. forces killed bin Laden during a raid on May 2. They recovered documents and other material during the raid.
Petraeus declined to comment, a spokesman said Friday.
Other materials taken from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan have confirmed that the al Qaeda leader communicated with the Yemen-based group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, according to a U.S. official familiar with the ongoing U.S. analysis of the documents.
The search through bin Laden’s materials has also found direct evidence that while in hiding in Pakistan, bin Laden was encouraging direct plots to attack Americans and U.S. interests in Europe late last year, according to the U.S. official.
There were several threats at the time that led the United States to issue an October 2010 alert for Americans traveling in Europe, the source emphasized.
Bin Laden was “aware, supportive and trying to motivate his operatives in Europe. He was pushing them,” the source said.
The U.S. intelligence community had classified information at the time suggesting that bin Laden was involved, the U.S. official said, but the documents taken from the compound have provided confirmation. Officials have previously said bin Laden always placed a top priority on trying to attack Americans.By: Jennifer Hong
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