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March 17th, 2012
10:33 AM ET

Bergen: bin Laden 'focused' on Obama

By Peter Bergen, CNN National Security Analyst

Editor's note: Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst, is a director at the New America Foundation. His book "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden; From 9/11 to Abbottabad" will be published on May 1.

Washington (CNN) – Tapping away at his computer in the study of the suburban compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that he called home for the last years of his life, Osama bin Laden wrote memos urging his followers to continue to try to attack the United States, suggesting, for instance, they mount assassination attempts against President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus.

While he urged his organization on to attack America, bin Laden was also keenly aware that al Qaeda was in deep trouble because of the campaign of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and also because the brutal tactics of his followers had alienated many Muslims.

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Filed under: Interviews • National security • Osama bin Laden • Peter Bergen
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  1. Jim Thomas

    What binladin did is unforgiveable but it is okay for his creep muslims to do that.Save our solder as he acted alone.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    March 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm |

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