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Osama Bin Laden slams ISIS as 'brutal and violent' in secret letter revealed by US government

Mirror logo Mirror 20/01/2017 Rachel Bishop

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The US government has released scores of documents from inside Osama Bin Laden's compound - including letters slamming ISIS as 'brutal and violent.'

The mountain of papers addressed his hatred of the West, showed his love for his sons Uthman and Muhammad and slated the Islamic State's 'brand of terrorism.'

Analysts said that while Bin Laden recognised later in life that bloody terror attacks "alienated" followers he was too powerless to stop the rise of ISIS - which was formed through a splinter group from al-Qaeda.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the declassified documents today, after they were recovered in a 2011 raid on Bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout in Pakistan.

An analyst within the interagency team behind the release said: “Bin Laden later in life recognised how terrorist organizations are prone to brutal violence that alienates the support they are so desperate to attract, but he and his successors could do little to temper the rise of ISIL and the next generation of zealots."

Osama bin-Laden addresses a news conference in Afghanistan in this May 26, 1998 file photo.: In 2004, Bin Laden took credit for the al-Qaeda attacks on the US on 11 September 2001 © Reuters In 2004, Bin Laden took credit for the al-Qaeda attacks on the US on 11 September 2001 Bin Laden was behind a co-ordinated al-Qaeda attack on America on September 11, 2001, which killed almost 3,000 people.

Two hijacked planes were flown into New York's World Trade Center, resulting in the collapse of the Twin Towers, while another crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

A decade later Bin Laden was killed during a raid on his compound.

In October 2014 the CIA spearheaded a rigorous interagency review of the classified documents under the auspices of the White House’s National Security Council staff.

Letters also show his devotion to his family.

In a letter dated January 7, 2011 - just five months before he was killed in the US Navy Seal's raid - he told his sons Uthman and Muhammad, that he was "longing" to see them, but he regretted that "our security situation does not allow us at this time to be together."

The compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was found and killed. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was found and killed.

He then gave them instructions to meet someone who lived in the western Pakistani city of Peshawar who could help them flee.

The pair, now in their 20s, had been living under house arrest in Iran for many years and had recently been allowed to go free by the Iranian regime.

“The declassified documents reveal bin Laden’s strategy for upending global politics through protracted violent conflict directed primarily against the United States and the West.

"Bin Laden—like many terrorist leaders before him—was an idealist who romanticized terrorism as a way to right what he believed was wrong with the world—and lead to the re-creation of a lost utopia for his followers, a destructive vision that continues to spark violent conflict globally,” the analyst said.

U.S. Intelligence Community analysts sifted through the recovered digital and hard copy materials in search of clues that would reveal ongoing al-Qaeda plots, identities and locations of al-Qeida personnel, and other information of immediate importance.

The document-review process can be time consuming because once a document is declassified it cannot be reclassified.

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