REVEALED: Osama bin Laden planned massive SECOND terror attack after 9/11
Papers taken by Navy SEALs after they killed him at his compound reveal plan to charter jets to attack targets and derail trains by removing 40ft of track
Osama bin Laden plotted to attack the US with charter jets and train derailments in the wake of 9/11, papers obtained after his assassination reveal.
Documents confiscated by Navy SEALs after bin Laden’s 2011 execution revealed how he encouraged the use of private jets, rather than passenger planes, to carry out a follow up spectacular to the September 2001 atrocity.
Bin Laden, a trained engineer, also encouraged his followers to cut 12 meters (40 feet) from US train tracks to cause a spectacular derailment he hoped would kill hundreds.
The derailment plot was previously mentioned in 2011, when it was claimed bin Laden had been hoping to send a packed train careening off a bridge into a valley.
‘Rather than hijack a plane, operatives should charter one for their next attack on the U.S. And adds if that’s too difficult, they should target U.S. railways,’ bin Laden wrote in a letter to he head of al Qaeda’s international terror unit, according to Islamic scholar Nelly Lahoud.
‘He wanted to have 12 meters (40 feet) of steel rail removed so that, this way, the train could be derailed,’ Lahoud explained during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday on CBS. ‘And we find him, explaining the simple toolkit that they could use.’
‘You could use a compressor. You could use a smelting iron tool,’ bin Laden instructed his followers while giving specifics on how to cut out bits of track.
Thousands of bin Laden’s personal letters and notes were confiscated 11 years ago by a team of two dozen Navy SEALs sent to Pakistan to capture and kill the terrorist.
The letters were declassified by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in 2017. Lahoud has been studying the documents ‘line by line’ for several years.
The scholar argued bin Laden was surprised at America’s reaction to the series of airline hijackings that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001.
‘Al Qaeda did not anticipate that the United States would go to war,’ Lahoud said of bin Laden’s letters.
He reportedly thought the U.S. would respond with a ‘limited airstrike,’ but did not suspect it ‘would go beyond that.’
The letters also revealed that bin Laden planned an additional terror attack in 2010, targeting multiple crude oil tankers and major shipping routes in the Middle East and Africa.
He suggested Al Qaeda operatives could integrate themselves into the port areas by posing as fishermen.
Analysts have been studying bin Laden’s letters since they were found in a trove of documents at the Pakistan compound where he was killed and seized by U.S. special forces in 2011.
It was previously revealed that the terrorist had urged followers to assassinate Obama as a way of disrupting the 2012 presidential election.
He also banned al Qaeda from assassinating Joe Biden because he believed the Democrat would become an incompetent president and ‘lead the US into a crisis’ if jihadists were successful in killing Barack Obama.
The Navy SEALs seized a total of 500,00 files, including writings, photographs, videos and audio files, from bin Laden’s hideaway compound.
It is unclear how long it will take experts to cypher through and analyze the entire collection.
- Courtesy: Daily Mail