Al-Qaeda Planned 9/11/11 Rail Attacks

Osama bin Laden plotted terror attacks from hideout, seized files reveal
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2011 1:20 AM CDT
Updated May 6, 2011 7:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – Al-Qaeda leaders discussed attacking America's rail network on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, according to American officials who have seen the first batch of documents from Osama bin Laden's hideout. The documents reveal that bin Laden, who many experts believed had become merely an inspirational figure, maintained an active role in plotting terror attacks over the last decade.

"He wasn’t just a figurehead," an American official tells the New York Times. "He continued to plot and plan, to come up with ideas about targets and to communicate those ideas to other senior Qaeda leaders." The information about attacking railroads was in the first batch of files and documents taken from bin Laden's hideout to be translated from Arabic and analyzed, according of officials. Intelligence analysts are scrambling to search the entire cache for information on imminent terror attacks and on the location of surviving al-Qaeda leaders. (Read more 9/11 attacks stories.)

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