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Osama Bin Laden Wanted To Kill President Obama: Report


First Posted: 05/13/11 02:24 PM ET Updated: 07/13/11 06:12 AM ET

U.S. officials have begun analyzing an estimated one million pages of data found at Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound, and among the things they've learned so far is that the al Qaeda leader was searching for a way to kill President Obama.

As ABC News is reporting, the writings discovered at bin Laden's compound indicate he urged his followers to assassinate the U.S. president and find ways to disrupt the 2012 elections, though no further details have emerged thus far.

Bin Laden's death does not mean an end to threats against the U.S. "There is no doubt that when it comes to the American people," he is quoted by ABC News as saying, "that after having killed bin Laden there may be a desire on some al Qaeda members to exact revenge and that's something that we have to be vigilant about and we're monitoring all these situations."

Among those militants who have vowed vengeance against the nation since bin Laden's death is U.S.-born militant Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, "The American." "United States and [President] Obama have already failed," he is quoted by CNN as saying at a bin Laden memorial in Somalia. "The killing and death of bin Laden will have no effect in the holy operations against the U.S. and the West. We are committed to continue fighting with the U.S., and we will revenge Osama bin Laden's death."

The Taliban has already claimed responsibility for what has been called the first act of retaliation for bin Laden's death. As the Associated Press is reporting, a pair of suicide bombers attacked paramilitary police recruits eagerly heading home for a break after months of training, killing 80 people.

Meanwhile, a more accurate picture of what happened when Navy SEALs swooped in on bin Laden's Abbottabad compound is emerging. Watch CBS's report, which includes digital re-enactments and bin Laden's plans for future attacks, below:

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Filed by Curtis M. Wong  |  Report Corrections