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Bin Laden's Bookshelf

Bin Laden's Bookshelf
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  In the weeks following the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan by United States forces, U.S. Intelligence Community analysts sifted through the recovered digital and hard copy materials in search of clues that would reveal ongoing al-Qa`ida plots, identities and locations of al-Qa`ida personnel, and other information of immediate importance.

On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered from the compound used to hide Osama bin Laden. March 1, 2016, marks the release of the second tranche of material gleaned from the Abbottabad raid.  These releases, which followed a rigorous interagency review, align with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with national security prerogatives–and the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act, which required the ODNI to conduct a review of the documents for release.
  Pointer Declassified Material - March 1, 2016   (113 items)  new

  Pointer Declassified Material - May 20, 2015   (103 items)

  Pointer Publicly Available U.S. Government Documents   (75 items)


  • The 9/11 Commission Report: The Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (2004)
  • Affidavit of U.S. Citizenship (Form)
  • “African Command: The Newest Combatant Command,” Paul Cale and the U.S. Army War College Graduating Class of 2005, U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute (2005)
  • “Al-Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat,” Report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (June 2006)
  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Conduct of Joint Operations
  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Vision 2020 Report
  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction on Aircraft Piracy (Hijacking) and Destruction of Derelict Airborne Objects (1 June 2001)
  • “Conserving the Force, Adapting Guard Mobilization Policies for Homeland Defense to Enhance Retention,” by Major George F. Minde, Indiana Army National Guard, School of Advanced Military Studies, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, “Al-Qaeda after the Iraq Conflict” (2003)
  • Congressional Research Service Report for Congress, “Al-Qaeda Profile and Threat Assessment (2005)
  • Congressional Research Service, “Al-Qaeda: Statements and Evolving Ideology” (2007)
  • Congressional Research Service, “The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations since 9/11”
  • Congressional Research Service, “Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom U.S. Casualty Statistics” 6 Dec 2006
  • Speech by CIA Director Michael Hayden (17 September 2008)
  • Guide to Popular U.S. Government Documents 2000-2002
  • House Armed Services Committee Hearing on Combating Terrorism (opening statement only)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency, “Implementation of NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic”
  • International Atomic Energy Agency, “Implementation of NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran”
  • Iraq Study Group Executive Summary
  • Iraq Study Group Fact Sheet
  • Iraq Study Group Report
  • IRC Alert Jan 2005
  • IRC Alert Feb-March 2005
  • IRC Alert Apr-May 2005
  • IRC Alert Jun-Jul 2005
  • IRC Alert Aug-Sept 2005
  • IRC Alert Oct-Nov 2005
  • IRC Alert Jan-Feb 2006
  • IRC Alert March-Apr 2006
  • IRC Alert May-Jun 2006
  • IRC Alert Jul-Aug 2006
  • “List of Detainees Who Went Through Complete CSRT Process”
  • “List of Taliban Members”
  • National Security Council, National Strategy for Victory in Iraq (2005)
  • Reassessing the Evolving Al-Qaeda Threat to the Homeland,” Hearing before the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment of the Committee on Homeland Security, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, Nov. 19, 2009, Serial No. 111-45
  • Strategic Studies Institute, “Iraqi Security Forces and Lessons from Korea” by Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager
  • “A Turkish al-Qaeda: The Islamic Jihad Union and the Internationalization of Uzbek Jihadism,” by Guido Steinberg, Strategic Insights, Naval Postgraduate School, vol. 7 issue 3 (July 2008)
  • U.N. Pakistan Daily News Highlights
  • U.N. Security Council Report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia
  • U.S. Army War College Guide to Strategy
  • U.S. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated terms
  • U.S. Department of Defense Selected Manpower Statistics 2003
  • U.S. Department of Justice Complaint against Abdur Rehman Hashim-Syed
  • U.S. Department of Justice Complaint against David Headley
  • U.S. Department of Justice Complaint against Tahwwur Hussain Rana
  • U.S. Department of Justice Indictment against Ahmed Omar Abu Ali
  • U.S. Department of Justice Indictment against Jihad Jane
  • U.S. Department of Justice Indictment of David Coleman Headley
  • U.S. Department of Justice Motion to Detain Tahwwur Hussain Rana
  • U.S. House Bill to Establish the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Special Operations Command Capstone Concept for Special Operations
  • U.S. State Department, Supporting Human Rights and Democracy (Report of US Actions 2005-2006)
  • U.S. State Department, Country Reports on Terrorism 2005
  • U.S. State Department Form, Application for Additional Visa Pages
  • U.S. State Department Form, Application for Passport
  • U.S. State Department Form, Application for Passport by Mail
  • U.S. State Department Form, Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a US Citizen
  • U.S. State Department Form, Issuance of Passport to a Minor
  • U.S. State Department Form, Lost or Stolen Passport
  • U.S. State Department Form, Re-Application for Passport
  • U.S. State Department Magazine (July-Aug 2006)
  • U.S. Embassy Islamabad, “US Relief Efforts in Pakistan”
  • U.S. Embassy Pakistan Toys for Tots Program (2005)
  • U.S. Institute for Peace, Role of Women in Stability and Reconstruction
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 159, “Diversity of Muslims in the US”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 160, “Who Are Iraq’s New Leaders? ”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 163, “Afghanistan and Its Neighbors”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 164, “American Foreign Policy and Islamic Renewal”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 171, “Rise of Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Special Report 174, “Scenarios for Insurgency in Iraq”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Stabilization and Reconstruction Series 4, “Managing Natural Resource Wealth”
  • U.S. Institute for Peace Working Group, “Role of Women in Reconstruction and Stability Operations” (Companion Article)
  • U.S. Marine Corps, “The Guerilla and How to Fight Him” (1990)
  • “Violent Extremism, the Internet, and the Homegrown Terrorist Threat,” US Senate Committee on Homeland Security
  • Wesley Clark 2004 Presidential Campaign Document, “Strategy for Addressing Threat Posed by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda”


  Pointer English Language Books   (39 items)

  Pointer Material Published by Violent Extremists & Terror Groups   (35 items)

  Pointer Materials Regarding France   (19 items)

  Pointer Media Articles   (33 items)

  Pointer Other Religious Documents   (11 items)

  Pointer Think Tank & Other Studies   (40 items)

  Pointer Software & Technical Manuals   (30 items)

  Pointer Other Miscellaneous Documents
  Pointer Documents Probably Used by Other Compound Residents(10 items)
The Intelligence Community will be reviewing hundreds more documents in the near future for possible declassification and release.  An interagency taskforce under the auspices of the White House and with the agreement of the DNI is reviewing all documents. All documents whose publication will not hurt ongoing operations against al-Qa‘ida or their affiliates will be released.

This list contains U.S. person information that is being released in accordance with the Fiscal Year 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act (section 309) requirement that the Director of National Intelligence conduct a declassification review of certain items collected during the mission that killed Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011, and make publicly available any information declassified as a result of such review.

All publications are unclassified and available commercially or in the public domain. The U.S. Intelligence Community does not endorse any of the publications appearing on this list.


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