Top 5 myths surrounding the bin Laden raid

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  • Docs show bin Laden stayed close to Taliban leadership until the end of his life

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  • Bin Laden docs show that until the end of his life, he considered US to be enemy one

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  • It is a mistake for U.S. officials to downplay the threat al Qaeda is still posing to U.S. national security.

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The release of a small sampling of the documents seized from bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan shows the terror group had ambitious plans for al Qaeda and was determined to continue the fight against the United States despite setbacks. Below are some highlights from the documents released by the U.S. Army’s Combating Terrorism Center on Thursday.

 


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  • Ahmad K. Majidyar studies political and security affairs in South Asia and the Middle East, with a special focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. He also travels frequently to military bases across the United States to instruct senior U.S. Army and Marine officers about culture, religion, and domestic politics in Afghanistan, and about terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Before joining AEI in 2008, Mr. Majidyar worked as a media analyst with BBC Monitoring in Kabul, and served as an aid worker with the United Nations agency for refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. He is fluent in Dari (Persian), Pashto, and Urdu.


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