Title: What does the death of Usama bin Laden mean?

Release Date: 2015-05-18

Document Date: 2011-05-17

Description: In this 17 May 2011 article from the internal newsletter SIDToday, the NSA Signals Intelligence Directorate’s Associate Deputy Director for Counterterrorism, Jon Darby, decribes how the NSA played a “critical” role in the raid in bon Laden’s Abbottabad compound: see the Intercept article What the Snowden Files Say About the Osama Bin Laden Raid, 18 […]

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(TS//SI//REL) SIGINT Obtains Details of l sama bin

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Chief, Global Jihad Support Network Branch (S2113)
Run Date: 07/18/2007

Laden Message to Top al-Qa'ida Leader in

(TS//S1//REL) In late April 2007, SIGINTers uncovered a message from Usama bin Laden (UBL)
intended for al-Qa’ida's # 1 man in Iraq: Abu-Ayyub al-Misri. The resulting SIGINT report provided a
crucial window into al-Qa’ida’s strategic plans and intentions for Iraq and the United Arab Emirates
(UAE).

(TS//SI//REL) The message shed light on UBL's mindset and revealed his knowledge of the current
U.S. political situation. Much of the letter presented a timetable for the expansion of the authority of
the "Islamic State of Iraq," with UBL apparently believing that they should delay until after an
expected US "clash" with Iran or until the US President leaves office or loses authority in Congress.
He felt that these events would leave the US in a weak position. Therefore, UBL advised Abu-Ayyub
to try to prolong the war until these events took place.

(U//FOUO) Abu-Ayyub al-Misri. the al-Qa'ida leader in Iraq (AFPphoto)

(TS//S1//REL) In addition, the letter revealed UBL's great anger towards the UAE for allowing
Coalition forces to use UAE’s airports and seaports. It further identified the new chief of al-Qa’ida’s

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