Schlagwort-Archive: Usama Bin Ladin

Bin Ladens Briefe und der Deutsche Bekkay Harrach

von Florian Flade

Ein Jahr nach der Tötung von Al-Qaida-Gründer Osama Bin Laden wurden 17 Dokumente veröffentlicht, die in Bin Ladens Versteck in Abbottabad gefunden wurden. Die Briefe, teilweise von Bin Laden selbst verfasst, sind nur ein Bruchteil der Kommunikation zwischen dem Terrorchef und seinen Kommandeuren. Kurios: ein Brief erwähnt den deutschen Terroristen Bekkay Harrach aus Bonn – war der Dschihadist vor seinem Tod noch Al-Qaida oder nicht?

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From Osama with Love – Bin Laden´s Letter to Germany

by Florian Flade

„Treasure trove“ – that´s the word used by US intelligence officials to describe what the Navy SEALs Team found inside Osama Bin Laden´s compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad during their nighttime operation. After the American soldiers shot and killed the Al-Qaida leader and several other people inside the hideout, they went room to room seizing highly valuable material. More than 2,7 terabytes of files and data were obtained by the US, some of which was old propaganda recorded years ago.

The most interesting part of all the obtained documents were Bin Laden´s handwritten letters and speeches. It took the CIA months to analyze the Abbottabad material. Was there any unknown terror plot Al-Qaida was about to carry out soon? What was Bin Laden´s role in past terrorist operations? Was he a chief planner and knew of all the plots by his network?

It seems like the CIA decided to hand some of the material to their European partners – giving them documents which would be of interest to them. Documents in which the Al-Qaida leader talks about Europe. Two of these documents are especially interesting for German counter-terrorism officials.

During the Abbottabad raid the US obtained a strategy paper written by Al-Qaida´s alleged „Foreign Minister“, Sheikh Younis Mohammed al-Mauretani. In this document sent to Bin Laden, Al-Mauretani outlines the plans of a Europe-Plot, describing attacks on European economic targets and thereby harming Western economy in general. Al-Mauretani lists numerous countries which should be attacked by Al-Qaida – one of them is Germany.

The existence of this strategy paper of a Jihad against European economy – which is confirmed by German counter-terrorism officials – seems to underline the claims of two German Jihadi terrorists which were arrested in 2010. Rami Makanesi of Frankfurt and Ahmed Wali Siddiqi of Hamburg, both of whom had traveled to Pakistani tribal areas of Waziristan in 2009 to receive terrorist training, spoke about a Al-Qaida plot led by Al-Mauretani.

According to Makanesi and Siddiqi Sheikh al-Mauretani was traveling around the Waziristan villages in summer 2009 to recruit European Jihadis for a big operation. „What we are planning, not even the devil has in mind“, al-Mauretani allegedly told the German Jihadis. Bin Laden himself was instructed by al-Mauretani about the plot and had already approved it, promising the necessary financial support.

Makanesi´s and Siddiqi´s assertions were in part the reason why German authorities raised the terrorist threat level in November 2010. Interior Ministry released a statement saying the threat of a terrorist attack is imminent.

The fact that US troops indeed found a plot description by Al-Mauretani in Bin Laden´s house in Abbottabad now confirms the Al-Qaida leader´s involvement in the planning of a large-scale attack in several European countries including Germany.

Another document found in Abbottabad is even more worrying. According to my information a handwritten letter by Osama Bin Laden was found which could prove a direct link between the Al-Qaida leader and a terrorist cell based in Germany. In this letter Bin Laden writes about brothers stationed in Europa – naming Abdeladim el-K..

El-K., a 29 year-old Moroccan national, was arrested in Germany on April 29th, a few days before Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. He is suspected of being the head of the so-called „Düsseldorf-Zelle“, a three-men group of Jihadi terrorists planning to carry out attacks in Germany. El-K. who lived and studied in Germany had traveled to Waziristan in early 2010 and received training at a Al-Qaida camp where he came in contact with Sheikh Younis al-Mauretani.

Back in Germany El-K. recruited fellow Moroccan Jamil S. and German-Iranian Amid C.. The three men formed an Al-Qaida cell which was tasked by Al-Qaida´s commander Atiyattullah al-Libi to strike Germany. El-K. tried to contact Atiyattullah via the internet in the months leading to his arrest – but he was not able to reach the Waziristan-based terrorist.

Since November 2010 German counter-terrorism officials were hunting for a „Moroccan cell“ in Germany. German Jihadi terrorist Emrah E. living in Waziristan had called German police in October and told them he wants to surrender. He also spoke about Al-Qaida´s plans to attack the country. He said he knew of a Moroccan cell already in Germany, ready to strike even the parliament building in Berlin.

Finally, earlier this year and with the help of Moroccan and American intelligence, authorities were able to identity Abdeladim el-K. as a potential terrorist cell leader. They began monitoring him. When El-K. was visiting several internet cafés in one day, acting very carefully, they decided to wiretap his phones and infiltrate his computers.

In April El-K. and his Jihadi colleagues talked about a plan to build bombs, discussing the possible targets. German police intervened. On April 29 El-K., Jamil S. and Amid C. were arrested.

Question now is: Why did Bin Laden mention the „Düsseldorf-Cell“ leader by name in a letter written in his Abbottabad hideout? Only logical explanation is that Osama Bin Laden knew about the people his commanders had recruited and trained in Waziristan. He must have known about Europe based cells and was even informed about the men´s names.

A copy of the Bin Laden letter was allegedly given to European intelligence agencies to identify other possible Al-Qaida terrorists living in Western Europe. German police would not confirm or deny the existence of such a letter mentioning Abdeladim el-K..

All in all, the Abbottabad treasure trove links the bits and pieces of a terror plot a few captured Jihadis and phone calls shed light on in 2010 and shows how much the Al-Qaida leadership was involved in the future terrorist campaigns.

Al-Qaida Releases Final Osama Bin Laden Audio Message

by Florian Flade


Al-Qaida´s As-Sahab Media has released the final audio message by Osama Bin Laden. The 12-minute audio is titled „Message by Sheikh Osama Bin Laden to the Muslim Ummah“ and praises the political events of North Africa, the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.

Here are some quotes from Bin Laden´s message

„Days of Glory for Islam have come and the leaders disappeared from Arab lands. They lived upon thrones until we received the news with joy.
The Muslim Ummah was always awaiting the victory to be rising from the eastern horizon but surprisingly the sun of the revolution rose from the Maghrib (West). The light of the revolution sparked in Tunisia, and the nation felt the relief, the faces of the people brightened, and the throats of the rulers got coarser and the Jews got terrified because the coming of the promised day“

„The new meanings of freedom, pride, audacity, and courage have risen. The winds of change have come, in a will of liberation. And Tunisia took the first credit fast as like the strike of lightning. The knights took the torch from the free men of Tunisia to Tahrir Square. So a great revolution started, and what a great revolution! A revolution that will change the whole of Egypt and the whole Ummah if it holds onto the rope of Allah.“

„So they brought torches in the Tahrir Square in Cairo to crush the corrupted system. They stood in front of the face of fraud and they raised their fists against it. And they did not fear its army. They made a commitment and fullfilled their promise.“

„You are the knights and leaders and in your hand you have its bridles. The Ummah had saved you to this very gravely missed events. So continue the march and do not fear the hardship“

„Oh children of this Muslim Ummah, there is a serious crossroads before you and a great and rare historic opportunity to rise with the Ummah and to free yourselves from servitude to the desires of the rulers, man-made law, and Western dominance.“

„And also the best of Martys is Hamza Ibn Abdul Muttalib and the one that speaks the truth in the face of the oppressive tyrant, and he is killed because of this. Congratulations to whoever had this great intention, if he dies he is the best of Martyrs and if he lives on he lives with pride and glory. Stand by truth and don not worry. Saying the truth to a tyrant is the pride and good tidings. It is the path in this life and it is path to the hereafter. Whether you want to die as a slave or if you want to die as a freeman.“

Question remains why it took As-Sahab Media almost three weeks to release Osama Bin Laden´s latest audio tape. Why didn´t the Al-Qa´ida leader mention the ongoing conflict in Libya, the anti-regime protests in Yemen and Syria?

The release date might be explained with yesterday´s Obama Middle-East speech. The US-President praised the political changes in the region – and so does the late Al-Qa´ida leader. As-Sahab picked the date of the Bin Laden message release on the Internet with full knowledge of Obama´s plans to talk to the Arab world.