Osama bin Laden was worried about his sons as he suspected Iranian officials might implant tracking chips in them, according to a document released on Thursday. CIA released a batch of documents which were seized during the raid in 2011 which killed the al-Qaida leader.
Obama administration in its final hours released Osama’s last of three instalments of the documents. The second batch of documents was released in last March.
Laden in an undated letter to his sons Uthman and Mohammed wrote, “If they inject you with a shot, this shot might be loaded with a tiny chip. The syringe size may be normal, but the needle is expected to be larger than normal size. The chip size may be as long as a seed of grain but very thin and smooth.”
The Iranians held his two sons under house arrests for many years. But later they were allowed to leave. Laden advised them to go to Peshawar where he knew a person who would help the brothers to live a safe life. He also communicated with an al-Qaeda member who was looking after his another son Hamza bin Laden.
He also expressed his fear for one of his wives who lived in Iran. In a letter to his wife, Laden wrote, “I was told that you went to a dentist in Iran and you were concerned about a filling she put in for you.” He said he wanted to be informed of any concerns she or any of his followers had about “chips planted in any way”.
The Intelligence officials have worked for more than two years to declassify the hundreds of documents. The last batch has 49 documents. One of the letters was about a disagreement between Laden and al-Qaeda’s associate in Iran, the Islamic State group.
Killing Osama bin Laden was one of the greatest achievements of Obama administration. The man was behind the 9/11 attack which killed almost 3,000 people and it changed America’s scenario.
The letters revealed he determined to keep his group’s focus on America as their enemy.
After the 9/11 attack, he wrote to another militant, in the letter he told his followers to invent new ways to battle the West. He wrote, “If we cannot manufacture weapons like the weapons of the Crusader West, we can destroy its complicated industrial and economic system and exhaust its forces that fight without faith until they escape.”
“Therefore, the mujahidin had to create new methods that no one from the West can think about, and one of the examples of this creative thinking is using the airplane as a powerful weapon, like what had happened in the blessed attacks in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania.”
The letters also showed the al-Qaeda leader wanted to know about the biographical details of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born Al-Qaeda cleric in Yemen who was a candidate to be named emir or chief of Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
However, al-Awlaki was killed by a US drone strike in September 2011.
He said Yemen was the country best dignified to become an Islamic State but said he didn’t think it was practical for al-Qaeda to run an actual country.
One of his aides wrote a letter which suggested Laden’s growing frustration over his organisation. The letter read he “talked about the fear of our organization aging, and reaching decrepitude like other organizations.”