US officials began to release details late Thursday about the treasure trove of documents uncovered at bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad. These documents indicate that though his communication exchanges were far from speedy, bin Laden continued to direct global operations for his terrorist organization, including plans for attacks on vulnerable American targets.
A handwritten notebook seized during the US commando raid included outlines of how Al Qaeda was planning to derail a train on a bridge, perhaps on Christmas, or during President Obama’s State of the Union address, or on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a US official told The New York Times.
For its part, Al Qaeda has seemingly dismissed conspiracy theories that bin Laden is still alive. The terrorist group confirmed bin Laden’s death – and vowed revenge. “We stress that the blood of the holy warrior sheik, Osama bin Laden, God bless him, is precious to us and to all Muslims and will not go in vain. We will remain, God willing, a curse chasing the Americans and their agents, following them outside and inside their countries.”
They added that bin Laden’s final audio message, which they said was recorded last week, will be released in the days to come.