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Bin Laden's Bookshelf

Bin Laden's Bookshelf
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  In the weeks following the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan by United States forces, U.S. Intelligence Community analysts sifted through the recovered digital and hard copy materials in search of clues that would reveal ongoing al-Qa`ida plots, identities and locations of al-Qa`ida personnel, and other information of immediate importance.

On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered from the compound used to hide Osama bin Laden. March 1, 2016, marks the release of the second tranche of material gleaned from the Abbottabad raid.  These releases, which followed a rigorous interagency review, align with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with national security prerogatives–and the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act, which required the ODNI to conduct a review of the documents for release.
  Pointer Declassified Material - March 1, 2016   (113)  new

  Pointer Declassified Material - May 20, 2015 (103 items)

  Pointer Publicly Available U.S. Government Documents   (75 items)

  Pointer English Language Books  (39 items)

  Pointer Material Published by Violent Extremists & Terror Groups   (35 items)


  • Al-Fajr Media, Martyrdom Message of Abdo Dujanah al-Khurasani
  • Al-Fajr Media, Quiraidhah and America by Abu Yahya al-Libi
  • Al-Furqan Media, Judgment Is for None but Allah by al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) leader Abu Hamza al- Mujahir (Nov 2006)
  • Al-Furqan Media Interview with AQI leader Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi
  • The America I Have Seen by Sayyed Qutb
  • Arabic language tutorial for violent jihadist extremists on how to use Google
  • As-Sahab Media, A Testimony to the Truth by Usama bin Ladin (2006)
  • As-Sahab Media, The Realities of the Conflict Between Islam and Unbelief by Ayman al-Zawahiri (2006)
  • Assorted content from the al-Fallujah online extremist forum
  • The Defense of Muslim Lands by Abdullah Azzam
  • Democracy: A Religion by Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi
  • Inspire Magazine Fall 2010 issue
  • Islamic Ruling on Permissibility of Martyrdom Operations
  • Join the Caravan by Abdullah Azzam
  • Khalifah Publications, Accountability in the Khalifah by Abdul-Kareem Newell
  • Khalifah Publications, The Method to Appoint a Khalifah
  • Khalifah Publications, The Khalifah is Not a Totalitarian State
  • Khalifah Publications, The Islamic Reformation
  • Khalifah Publications, Geopolitical Myths by Adnan Khan
  • Khalifah Publications, Communique from Hizb-ut-Tahrir to Colonel Gadaffi (1978)
  • Khalifah Publications, The Turbulence of Stock Markets, Their Causes and Sharia Rule Pertaining
  • Khalifah Publications, Thinking
  • Khalifah Publications, The System of Islam
  • Khalifah Publications, Presence of Mind
  • Khalifah Publications, The Khalifah is the Answer
  • Khalifah Publications, Jihad and the Foreign Policy of the Khalifah State
  • Khalifah Publications, The Inevitability of the Clash of Civilisations
  • Khalifah Publications, The Global Credit Crunch and Crisis of Capitalism by Adnan Khan
  • Khalifah Publications, Da’wah to Islam
  • Khalifah Publications, Dangerous Concepts to Attack Islam and Consolidate the Western Culture
  • Khalifah Publications, Concepts of Hizb ut-Tahrir
  • Khalifah Publications, A Warm Call from Hizb ut-Tahrir to the Muslims
  • “The Life of Baitullah Masood,” from the Global Islamic Media Front website
  • Summary of Mustafa Hamid’s 1994 book about his time at the al-Faruq Camp
  • “Video: Omar Won’t Let His Al-Qaeda Brother Adam Gadahn (Assam the American) Ruin His Life,” blog entry from (2 September 2006)


  Pointer Materials Regarding France   (19 items)

  Pointer Media Articles   (33 items)

  Pointer Other Religious Documents   (11 items)

  Pointer Think Tank & Other Studies   (40 items)

  Pointer Software & Technical Manuals   (30 items)

  Pointer Other Miscellaneous Documents   (14 items)

  Pointer Documents Probably Used by Other Compound Residents   (10 items)

The Intelligence Community will be reviewing hundreds more documents in the near future for possible declassification and release.  An interagency taskforce under the auspices of the White House and with the agreement of the DNI is reviewing all documents. All documents whose publication will not hurt ongoing operations against al-Qa‘ida or their affiliates will be released.

This list contains U.S. person information that is being released in accordance with the Fiscal Year 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act (section 309) requirement that the Director of National Intelligence conduct a declassification review of certain items collected during the mission that killed Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011, and make publicly available any information declassified as a result of such review.

All publications are unclassified and available commercially or in the public domain. The U.S. Intelligence Community does not endorse any of the publications appearing on this list.


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