Osama had friction with followers over Qaeda`s strategy: Report
Last Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 00:12
Washington: Slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden apparently had friction with his followers over the terror group's strategy and operational focus and at times they were not on the same page, US intelligence said, citing documents seized from his safe house in Abbottabad.

There seems to have been friction between them over strategy and operational focus, CNN said quoting unidentified US officials familiar with the latest assessment of the May 2 raid that killed the dreaded terrorist.

The material reflects friction between bin Laden and his followers. The communications were not "one-way," but represent a "back and forth" dialogue between bin Laden and other al Qaeda members and affiliates, a source was quoted as saying.

"Not everyone was on the same page in terms of strategy and operational focus" within al Qaeda, an official said.

After the May 2 raid on bin Laden's Abbottabad compound, US Navy SEALs took intelligence material away in large, loose bags similar to garbage bags, according to officials.

The material, which is being reviewed, show that the al Qaeda leader expressed an interest in targeting small American cities, a US official was quoted as saying.


First Published: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 00:12

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