Bin Laden's video collection released

CIA releases files from the raid on the hideout of former Al-Qaeda leader.

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The CIA on Wednesday released a massive tranche of files it said came from the raid on the hideout of former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the release "provides the opportunity for the American people to gain further insights into the plans and workings of this terrorist organization," CNN reported.

The release came in accordance with a 2014 appropriations bill for intelligence activity that required the Director of National Intelligence to review documents obtained from the raid, and make the files it declassified from the review available to the public.

Wednesday's release includes a never-before-seen video of bin Laden's son and potential successor, Hamza, according to The Associated Press.

The video offers the first public look at Hamza bin Laden as an adult. Until now, the public has only seen childhood pictures of him. He has been heard in audio recordings calling for revenge on the U.S. for his father's death.

One hourlong video shows Hamza, sporting a trimmed mustache but no beard, at his wedding. He is sitting on a carpet with other men. A man chanting Koranic verses can be heard in the background.

Also included is a 228-page, handwritten personal journal of bin Laden and about 79,000 images and audio files, including practice reels of public speeches.

Also released were home videos and more than 10,000 video files, including the one of Hamza bin Laden's wedding.

Also included in the material is information about how Al-Qaeda planned to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks and the network's work to spread its message through Western media, according to AP.

Not all the material was of a serious nature. There was a video known as "Charlie bit my finger!" depicting a boy and his baby brother who bit his finger. There also were YouTube videos about crochet, including "How to Crochet a Flower."

Bin Laden's video collection included "Antz," a 1990s animated adventure comedy about an ant colony, "Chicken Little" and "The Three Musketeers." Also in the collection were "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden" and several National Geographic programs: "Kung Fu Killers," ''Inside the Green Berets" and "World's Worst Venom."

A previous trove of documents released last year included bin Laden's will, in which he left a personal fortune of around $29 million “for jihad”.

Bin Laden urged his family to "obey my will" and to spend his inheritance on "jihad, for the sake of Allah".








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