This report is a study of 17 de-classified documents captured during the Abbottabad raid and released to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). They consist of electronic letters or draft letters, totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic and 197 pages in the English translation. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011. These internal al-Qa'ida communications were authored by several leaders, most prominently Usama bin Ladin. Bin Ladin’s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told on the basis of the 17 de-classified documents.
• Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined? by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point http://bit.ly/KyBCdF