LWJ Series: Analyzing the bin Laden documents

Beginning tomorrow, the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point is going to release hundreds of pages of documents from Osama bin Laden’s files online. Given what has been reported thus far on the documents, they appear to undermine many claims that have been made about al Qaeda’s operations and the depth of its alliances with other jihadist groups.

We will be reporting at Threat Matrix and Long War Journal on the documents, highlighting what we think are the key pieces of intelligence within them.

But we also wanted to note that, as we understand it, the CTC documents are not close to being the entire collection from bin Laden’s compound. We think nearly the entire collection should be released online, while making as few exceptions as possible for truly operationally sensitive material. Let’s see as many of the documents as possible.

Thomas Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • gabriel says:

    Cant wait!

  • Villiger says:

    Agree. And let’s in particular let the Muslim community, youth especially, see what a vile human being this was. That he and his lot, including his audience, have and are trying to hijack Islam and actively, violently preventing it from evolving in modern society, assuming that is possible.


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