OSSAMA bin Laden ordered cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to shoot down a plane carrying Barack Obama and Gen David Petraeus, it was reported on Friday
According to a document retreived from the compound where bin Laden was shot dead by US Navy Seals last May, the al-Qaeda leader also told his deputy Atiyah Abd al-Rahman to focus attacks with the US rather than in Muslim nations.
Bin Laden told Rahman that without Mr Obama, the US would be thrown into "crisis" because Vice President Joe Biden was "unprepared" for the job, theWashington Post reported. He also showed apparent regard for Petraeus.
“The reason for concentrating on them,” bin Laden wrote in the 48-page document, “is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make (Vice President Joe) Biden take over the presidency. … Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis. As for Petraeus, he is the man of the hour … and killing him would alter the war's path” in Afghanistan.
Bin Laden instructed Rahman to use Pakistani terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri for the attack. Kashmri was killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan on June 2, 2011.
“Please ask brother Ilyas to send me the steps he has taken into that work,” he wrote.
Bin Laden stated that "every effort" should be spent on planning and executing attacks within America. He instructed Rahman to “ask the brothers in all regions if they have a brother … who can operate in the U.S. [He should be able to] live there, or it should be easy for him to travel there.”
He noted several problems in al-Qaeda's media strategy. The Obama administration “have largely stopped using the phrase ‘the war on terror’ in the context of not wanting to provoke Muslims,” he noted, instead they were increasingly phrasing the war as against al-Qaeda, apparently damaging its name amongst Muslims.
Bin Laden proposed several alternative names for al-Qaeda, the first suggestion being “Taifat al-tawhid wal-jihad,” or Monotheism and Jihad Group.
The group hoped to launch an attack on the 10 year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan on Sep 11 2011. Adam Gadahn, one of bin Laden's advisers told him which television stations would be the best vehicle for an anniversary video.
“It should be sent for example to ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN and maybe PBS and VOA. As for Fox News let her die in her anger,” Gadahn wrote.
“From a professional point of view, they are all on one level — except (Fox News) channel, which falls into the abyss as you know, and lacks objectivity, too.”
US officials stated the plot against Obama and Petraeus was not seen as a serious threat.