US drone strikes 'crippled' Bin Laden's plans, cache of new Al Qaida documents reveal
Washington, May 4 (ANI): A cache of Al Qaida documents which were recently discovered from Osama Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound reveal that the U.S. drone strikes had forced him to consider withdrawing his allies in Pakistan.
Memorandums between Bin Laden and his subordinates, which were released online by the U.S. military's Combating Terrorism Center, also revealed that with support eroding in the Muslim world because of the large number of civilians killed by Al-Qaida and its affiliates, he wanted to focus "every bow and arrow" at US targets even at the expense of attacks on other countries, such as Britain, and Nato forces.
Bin Laden felt it would be "a good idea" to kill Barack Obama because then an "utterly unprepared" Joe Biden would become president.
But while the Al Qaida leader plotted the downfall of the US, he was forced to acknowledge that American drone attacks were taking a toll on his followers in Afghanistan and Pakistan's Waziristan region, and contemplated withdrawing his forces.
Bin Laden said the air attacks made it necessary to keep reserves back from the "front line".
"The reserves will not, for the most part, be effective in such conflicts. Basically, we could lose the reserves to enemy's air strikes. We cannot fight air strikes with explosives!" The Guardian quoted him, as writing in the documents.
He also said that commanders with experience needed to be got out of the area and recommended his fighters to keep "a low profile"
Bin Laden proposed assassinating Obama in order to bring Biden, described as "utterly unprepared", to power and throw the U.S. into chaos. He ordered his forces to create two teams that could hit Obama if he travelled to Pakistan or Afghanistan. The then-US military commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus was also a favoured target. (ANI)
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