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Newly Released Bin Laden Document Describes Iran, Al Qaeda Link

Among the materials are approximately 79,000 audio and image files and more than 10,000 video files, which include Al Qaeda "home videos"

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    Newly Released Bin Laden Document Describes Iran, Al Qaeda Link
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    This file photo shows Osama bin Laden speaking at a news conference on May 26, 1998, in Afghanistan.

    The CIA on Wednesday released a document that was seized the night Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden, following a request by a website that has chronicled the U.S. war on terrorism -- the Long War Journal.

    Wednesday's release included nearly 470,000 more files recovered in the raid. Most of the newly disclosed material is in Arabic, untranslated, and uncurated. It includes Bin Laden's untranslated 228-page private journal, and other documents that officials say support a U.S. intelligence estimate produced just after the raid that bin Laden continued to act as an operational commander of Al Qaeda even in the months just before his death.

    The trove also provides new insight into the often adversarial relationship between al Qaeda and Iran — the Sunni Muslim terror group and the Shiite republic — in the form of a 19-page report described by the Long War Journal as "a senior jihadist's assessment of the group's relationship with Iran."

    Among the materials are approximately 79,000 audio and image files and more than 10,000 video files, which include Al Qaeda "home videos," draft videos or statements by bin Laden, and jihadist propaganda

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