Al Qaida leader bin Laden left $29 million inheritance for jihad

March 2, 2016 02:53
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WASHINGTON- Al Qaida 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.

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 Qaida militant who used the nom de guerre Abu Hafs al Mauritani.

"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."

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