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Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda relocated operatives out of northern Pakistan | The Long War Journal
FILE - This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. A new book due out Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 says President Barack Obama hoped to put Bin Laden on trial if he had surrendered during a U.S. raid. Author Mark Bowden quotes the president as saying he thought he could make a strong political argument for giving bin Laden the full rights of a criminal defendant, to show U.S. justice applies even to him. In "The Finish," Bowden writes, however, that Obama said he expected the terror leader to go down fighting. (AP Photo)

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda relocated operatives out of northern Pakistan | The Long War Journal

Months prior to his death, Osama bin Laden ordered one of his chief lieutenants to evacuate “the brothers” from Pakistan’s tribal agencies of North and South Waziristan to “Afghanistan and Pakistan,” according to a letter seized by US forces in the al Qaeda master’s Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

The letter is addressed to “Shaykh Mahmud,” a known alias used by…

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