Bin Laden ordered squads to try to attack Obama's aircraft
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden ordered terrorist teams in mid-2010 to blow up the planes of President Obama and Gen. David H. Petraeus, then commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, when they visited Afghanistan or Pakistan, according to a declassified letter released Thursday.
Bin Laden argued that assassinating Obama would put a "totally unprepared" Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the country "which will lead the U.S. into a crisis."
He wrote that killing Petraeus, who now is director of the CIA, would "alter the war's path."
The letter was published online by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Thursday. It is among 17 documents released from the trove of material seized during the raid that killed Bin Laden last year.
In the letter, Bin Laden ordered a lieutenant to create a group to collect intelligence about future arrivals of Obama or Petraeus at Bagram air base, north of Kabul. The team would then try to blow up their planes. He wanted a similar team to target Obama and Petraeus if they visited Pakistan.