Osama planned to kill Obama,attack US: Report
LALIT K JHA\PTI
Washington, Mar 17: In his final days, al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was planning assassination attempts against US President Barack Obama and another attack on the American soil, according to a media report here today.
"Tapping away at his computer in the study of the suburban compound in Abbottabad...Laden wrote memos urging his followers to continue to try to attack the US, suggesting, for instance, they mount assassination attempts against President Obama and Gen David Petraeus," CNN's National Security Analyst Peter Bergan wrote. At that time, Petraeus was the commanding general of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
"Bin Laden noted snidely that killing Obama would pave the way for Vice-president Joe Biden to assume the presidency.
The al-Qaeda leader said Biden was "totally unprepared" for the job," Bergan wrote based on the background briefing he received from the administration officials this week, who had access to the treasure trove of documents recovered from the Abbottabad hideout of the al Qaeda leader.
According to them, bin Laden wrote a 48-page memo to a deputy in October 2010 that surveyed the state of his organisation. He was particularly concerned that al Qaeda's longtime sanctuary in Waziristan in Pakistan's tribal areas was now too dangerous because of the campaign of American drone strikes there that had picked off many of his key lieutenants, it said.
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