‘Obsessed’ bin Laden was plotting to assassinate Obama during 2012 US elections
London, May 13(ANI): Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was plotting to assassinate US President Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential elections, intelligence has revealed.
The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed on May 2 in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.
Bin Laden was obsessed with killing the US President, who he believed 'violated the Muslim faith', the Daily Mail reports.
The Al Qaeda leader took US military campaigns in Afghanistan and the Middle East 'very personally', and was so disgusted that he could not even watch Obama on television, the report said.
Videos found in bin Laden's final hideout in Pakistan show him watching television at home, changing the channel every time Obama comes on, unable to even look at his image.
The extraordinary details emerged from the enormous cache of intelligence seized from bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad during the raid in which he was killed.
The 200 million pages of data give chilling details about bin Laden's lust for jihad on the West, the report said.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said that it learned more from ten days of studying the 'treasure trove' of computers and handwritten journals seized from Bin Laden's compound, than in the past ten years, it added.
According to CIA sources, until his last days, bin Laden was plotting a terror campaign to target Los Angeles, New York and London that would have topped 9/11, in a bid to drive Western troops out of the Middle East.
Obama was on the terrorist's hit list and could have been killed during next year's elections in America, the cache revealed.
"This is probably very personal on bin Laden's part, to kill a President he believes has violated the Muslim faith," said Brad Garrett, a former FBI profiler, adding: "He is incensed, inflamed, obsessed about killing the President."
The bombings would take place on significant US dates, such as the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack or the Independence Day.
Only large-scale attacks would have any effect, bin Laden concluded.
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