Osama bin Laden videos released by US officials

May 8, 2011

New videos of Osama bin Laden have been released by US officials. They show the al-Qaeda leader watching himself on television and preparing a video message to the US.

The compound in Pakistan where US forces killed Osama bin Laden was an "active command and control centre" where the al-Qaeda leader retained strategic, operational and tactical direction of the group, according to a senior US official.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said information recovered from the raid on bin Laden's compound represented the largest trove of intelligence ever obtained from a single terrorism suspect.

"This compound in Abbottabad was an active command and control centre for al-Qaeda's top leader and it's clear ... that he was not just a strategic thinker for the group," the official said.

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New videos of Osama bin Laden have been released by US officials. They show the al-Qaeda leader watching himself on television and preparing a video message to the US.

The compound in Pakistan where US forces killed Osama bin Laden was an "active command and control centre" where the al-Qaeda leader retained strategic, operational and tactical direction of the group, according to a senior US official.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said information recovered from the raid on bin Laden's compound represented the largest trove of intelligence ever obtained from a single terrorism suspect.

"This compound in Abbottabad was an active command and control centre for al-Qaeda's top leader and it's clear ... that he was not just a strategic thinker for the group," the official said.



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