Osama bin Laden

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Son of Osama's Bombmaker Caught in Terrorists' Civil War

'Washington Post' interviews Mohammed al-Masri

(Newser) - Those looking for insight into the fierce rivalry between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State will want to read a Washington Post interview with a 35-year-old named Mohammed al-Masri. He happens to be the son of Abu Khabab al-Masri, a chemist known as Osama bin Laden's bombmaker who was killed... More »

Bin Laden's Son Threatens US for 'Sinful Crime'

Hamza bin Laden is apparently on the rise in al-Qaeda, looking for revenge

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's media arm has released an audio in which the purported son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatens revenge against the US for assassinating his father, reports the AP . In a 21-minute speech titled "We Are All Osama" released by As-Sahab Saturday, Hamza bin Laden... More »

CIA Defends Its 'Live-Tweeting' of bin Laden Raid

'Victory lap' widely mocked on social media

(Newser) - The CIA decided to relive one of its greatest hits on Sunday by " live-tweeting " the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to mark its fifth anniversary—but social media users turned out to be a tough crowd. "Stop trying to be cool on twitter and get.on... More »

Osama Wanted Americans to Fight ... Climate Change

He wanted youth to launch 'great revolution' against lobbyists

(Newser) - Climate change activists seeking drastic change have an ally about as welcome as a mountain of burning tires: Osama bin Laden. In a newly released letter seized during the 2011 raid that killed the al-Qaeda leader, he urges Americans to launch a "great revolution for freedom" to untether President... More »

Osama's Will Reveals How He Wanted His Millions Spent

Secret docs reveal fears of drones, tracking devices

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden set aside money for his relatives, but the majority of his fortune—including $29 million in Sudan—was to be spent "on jihad, for the sake of Allah," according to his just-released will. The handwritten document was one of hundreds seized during the 2011 raid... More »

Navy SEAL Kept Secret Pic of bin Laden Corpse: Report

Matt Bissonnette's business dealings now under investigation

(Newser) - A former Navy SEAL who took part in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden kept a secret photo of the terrorist's corpse, sources say. Matt Bissonnette—who landed in hot water over his best-seller about the 2011 raid—turned over a hard drive containing the photo to US... More »

Meet the Lawyers Who Justified Killing Osama bin Laden

Their secret memos were a defense in case things went 'terribly badly'

(Newser) - On Wednesday, the New York Times published a fascinating story on the four government lawyers who secretly cleared the way for the 2011 raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. It's one of the few stories behind the raid that hasn't been told before and... More »

Biden Changes Tune on Raid That Killed Bin Laden

He now says he privately urged Obama to go ahead with it

(Newser) - Joe Biden has long claimed he never advised President Obama to go through with the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. It's a claim he's now changing—or at least slightly tweaking—as he possibly prepares to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN reports.... More »

Zero Dark Thirty Filmmakers Accused of Bribing CIA

Sensitive information allegedly secured with dinners, cheap jewelry

(Newser) - The music industry sometimes uses payola to achieve its goals, and the movie industry apparently uses ... fake pearl earrings and tequila. The screenwriter and director of the hit film Zero Dark Thirty are accused of bribing CIA officials to receive sensitive information, according to CIA documents obtained by Vice . The... More »

Bin Laden's Youngest Son May Be Rising in al-Qaeda

Audio message reportedly from Hamza urges attacks on US

(Newser) - A man claiming to be Osama bin Laden's youngest son Hamza released an audio message calling for al-Qaeda supporters to step up lone-wolf attacks on the United States and its allies, he Telegraph reports. He singled out Washington DC, London, Paris, and Tel Aviv as targets. If the recording,... More »

Report: bin Laden's Relatives Die in Jet Crash

His stepmother, half-sister among the dead, a source tells NBC News

(Newser) - A private jet crashed as it attempted to land in southern England yesterday afternoon, and with it took the lives of some of Osama bin Laden's relatives. The Saudi ambassador to the UK confirmed the news and tweeted his condolences, but did not identify the dead. Police say the... More »

US Rejected Osama Son's Request for Death Certificate

Because it actually doesn't exist, says exchange revealed by WikiLeaks

(Newser) - WikiLeaks released a boatload of new documents today, this time from the Saudi Foreign Ministry, and one item in particular caught the eye of the Washington Post . It involves an exchange between a son of Osama bin Laden and the US government over the al-Qaeda leader's death certificate. Abdullah... More »

CIA Responds to FOIA Request ... on Osama's Porn

Sorry folks, it's classified

(Newser) - What kind of porn might be classified? The stuff watched by Osama bin Laden. A blogger at the men's website BroBible filed a, er, colorful Freedom of Information Act request with the CIA to get the details on the "pornographic material" found among bin Laden's stuff. (The... More »

Bin Laden Wrote About Ditching Pakistan Compound

Just months before he was killed in 2011 raid

(Newser) - Yesterday, secret documents from a "treasure trove" Osama bin Laden kept in his Pakistan hideout were released, and today, another revelation has emerged from some of that correspondence. Feeling isolated and missing family, bin Laden confessed in a letter that he was thinking about splitting Abbottabad and joining up... More »

Every Book on bin Laden's Bookshelf

Well, the English-language ones, at least

(Newser) - The Office of the Director of National Intelligence yesterday released an "unprecedented number" of documents recovered in the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan (among them: an al-Qaeda application and a warning about Iranian dentists ). The ODNI also released a list of the 39... More »

Secret Osama Docs Released: Love Notes, Dentist Fears

'Treasure trove' also confirms bin Laden's obsession with attacking US

(Newser) - The Navy SEALs didn't just take out Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011—they also retrieved hundreds of documents from his Abbottabad, Pakistan, hideout that have reportedly been described by officials as a "treasure trove" of info about the al-Qaeda leader. The Office of the Director of... More »

Seymour Hersh Is Living a bin Laden Fantasy

Max Fisher pokes holes in the journalist's Osama bombshell

(Newser) - No sooner had Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden bombshell dropped than critics were rushing in to pick apart his 10,000-word report, the stuff of instant controversy. But whereas Hersh may have once been a journalistic heavyweight, writes Max Fisher at Vox , his latest "story simply does not... More »

Report: White House Lied About Killing of bin Laden

Journalist Seymour Hersh writes that Pakistan knew al-Qaeda leader's location

(Newser) - A lengthy new report by the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh turns the official account of Osama bin Laden's assassination on its head. In the London Review of Books , Hersh writes that the US didn't, as it has said, discover bin Laden's location through couriers. Instead, top Pakistani... More »

Papers From Osama Raid Listed More Planned Attacks

One letter at trial: attacking US "in its heartland ... has the most significance"

(Newser) - US prosecutors yesterday presented declassified al-Qaeda documents obtained after the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound at the trial of a man charged in a British terrorism plot. The al-Qaeda documents, read by the FBI linguist who translated them from Arabic, were presented at the trial of... More »

Navy Investigating Alleged bin Laden Killer Over Leaks

Robert O'Neill 'may have revealed classified information': NCIS

(Newser) - Exactly which Navy SEAL killed Osama bin Laden still isn't clear , but one who claims to have done it is now facing a criminal probe over leaks about the raid, the Daily Beast reports. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has received allegations that Robert O'Neill "may have... More »

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