Osama Bin Laden slammed ISIS despite his own depraved terror attacks
Secret letters written by the once world's most wanted man have been released, revealing he hated the West, adored his children and was unhappy with the rise of ISIS.
The US government has released a mountain of papers from inside Osama Bin Laden's compound
He speaks about sons Uthman and Muhammad, terror and ISIS.
In one letter, he slated the Islamic State's "brand of terrorism" years before analysts said Bin Laden could not stop the rise of ISIS.
Bin Laden was killed in 2011 after ten years on the run
Bin Laden was the US most wanted man following attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001.
The al-Qaeda attack on America killed almost 3,000 people and sparked a furious response from the USA.
Later, analysts said ISIS – which was formed through a splinter group from al-Qaeda – was a concept out of his control.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the declassified documents today, almost six years 2011 after the raid on his Abbottabad hideout in Pakistan.
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An analyst within the interagency team behind the release said: “Bin Laden later in life recognised how terrorist organisations are prone to brutal violence that alienates the support they are so desperate to attract, but he and his successors could do little to temper the rise of ISIL and the next generation of zealots."
Bin Laden was killed 10 years after the September 1 attacks in which the Twin Towers collapsed after planes were flown into the structures, while another crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
The analyst said: "Bin Laden—like many terrorist leaders before him—was an idealist who romanticised terrorism as a way to right what he believed was wrong with the world and lead to the re-creation of a lost utopia for his followers, a destructive vision that continues to spark violent conflict globally.”
Intelligence officials spent hours trawling through the documents found in the hide-out in Western Pakistan.
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In a letter dated January 7, 2011 – just five months before he was killed in the US Navy Seal's raid – he told his sons Uthman and Muhammad, that he was "longing" to see them, but he regretted that "our security situation does not allow us at this time to be together”.
The pair were sent instructions to meet someone in Peshawar who could help them flee.
Now in their 20s, they were living under house arrest in Iran until recently being allowed to go free by the Iranian regime.