Osama’s will shows he left $29 million for jihad

(From Reuters)

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden outlined in letters and other documents how at least $29 million of his funds and possessions should be apportioned after his death, requesting that most of it be used to continue global jihad.

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

One of the letters — part of a cache of 113 documents taken in the 2011 U.S. Special Forces raid that killed bin Laden — was described by U.S. intelligence officials as what they believed was a last will.

Reuters and ABC Television were given exclusive access to the documents, which were translated from Arabic and declassified by U.S. intelligence agencies.

They were part of a second tranche of documents seized in the operation and have been declassified since May 2015. A large number have yet to be released.

One document, a hand-written note that U.S. intelligence officials believe the Saudi militant composed in the late 1990s, laid out how he wanted to distribute about $29 million he had in Sudan.

One percent of the $29 million, bin Laden wrote, should go to Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, a senior al Qaeda militant.

“By the way, he (al-Walid) has already received 20,000-30,000 dollars from it, bin Laden continued. “I promised him that I would reward him if he took it out of the (Sudanese) government.” Read More

 



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