CIA Documents Reveal Osama Bin Laden Had Interest in Developments in Kashmir, David Headley Trial

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By India.com News Desk Email

New Delhi, Nov 2: The documents and files released by the American secret agency, CIA, pertaining to the late al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden have revealed that the terrorist commander had a keen interest in the happenings of the Indian state of Kashmir. He also closely followed Mumbai terror attack accused David Headley’s trial. The laptop seized by the United States Navy Seals after killing Laden in 2011 at Pakistan’s Abbottabad had saved links of news articles of various Indian publications.

The CIA files revealed that an Indian Express article titled ‘Omar Sheikh s Pak handler Ilyas Kashmiri also handled Headley’, dated November 16, 2009, was found on Laden’s computer. Another article by Sri Lanka Guardian titled ‘Fears of air-borne terrorists strikes in India, UK’ was found.

A PTI story ‘Al-Qaeda helping Taliban to destabilise Pakistan Government: Gates’, dated February 9, 2010, was also opened on Laden’s computer.

Laden also saved on his computer another PTI article, titled: ‘India to send magistrate to US to record Headley’s statement’.

Laden had highlighted some portion of the article titled ‘Pak Major handled Headley’s India race’.
The highlighted portion reads, “The dossiers also sought the custody of Pakistani terrorist, Ilyas Kashmiri.”

Laden’s browsing history showed that he had a keen interest in developments in Kashmir. Laden had saved an Economic Times story  ‘US asks Pakistan to find Iyas Kashmiri’ on his laptop.

A February 2009 article about ‘Pakistani Kashmiri militants now fighting NATO forces’ was also found.

The CIA released 470,000 files related to the al Qaeda chief online at the direction of US President Donald Trump. The documents include around 18,000 document files, 79,000 audio and images.

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