UPDATE 2-Al Qaeda leader bin Laden left $29 million inheritance for jihad – Reuters

(Adds background on bin Laden’s father)

By Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart

WASHINGTON, March 1 Al Qaeda leader Osama bin
Laden outlined in letters and other documents how at least $29
million of his funds and possessions should be apportioned after
his death, requesting that most of it be used to continue global

One of the letters – part of a cache of 113 documents taken
in the 2011 U.S. Special Forces raid that killed bin Laden – was
described by U.S. intelligence officials as what they believed
was a last will.

Reuters and ABC Television were given exclusive access to
the documents, which were translated from Arabic and
declassified by U.S. intelligence agencies.

They were part of a second tranche of documents seized in
the operation and have been declassified since May 2015. A large
number have yet to be released.

One document, a hand-written note that U.S. intelligence
officials believe the Saudi militant composed in the late 1990s,
laid out how he wanted to distribute about $29 million he had in

One percent of the $29 million, bin Laden wrote, should go
to Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, a senior al Qaeda militant who used
the nom de guerre Abu Hafs al Mauritani.

“By the way, he (al-Walid) has already received
20,000-30,000 dollars from it, bin Laden continued. “I promised
him that I would reward him if he took it out of the (Sudanese)

Bin Laden lived in Sudan for five years as an official guest
until he was asked to leave in May 1996 by the then-Islamic
fundamentalist government under pressure from the United States.

Another 1 percent of the sum should be given to a second
associate, Engineer Abu Ibrahim al-Iraqi Sa’ad, for helping set
up bin Laden’s first company in Sudan, Wadi al-Aqiq Co, the
document said.

Bin Laden urged his close relatives to use the rest of the
funds to support holy war.

“I hope for my brothers, sisters and maternal aunts to obey
my will and to spend all the money that I have left in Sudan on
jihad, for the sake of Allah,” he wrote.

He set down specific amounts in Saudi riyals and gold that
should be apportioned between his mother, a son, a daughter, an
uncle, and his uncle’s children and maternal aunts.

In a letter dated Aug. 15, 2008, and addressed “To my
Precious Father,” bin Laden asks that his wife and children be
taken care of in the event he died first.

It was unclear to whom bin Laden was writing, as his natural
father, Mohammed bin Laden, died in a 1967 airplane crash. U.S.
intelligence officials were not immediately available to comment
on whether he may have been referring to his step-father,
Mohammad al-Attas.

“My precious father: I entrust you well for my wife and
children, and that you will always ask about them and follow up
on their whereabouts and help them in their marriages and
needs,” he wrote.

In a final wistful paragraph, he asks for forgiveness “if I
have done what you did not like.”

(Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by Stuart Grudgings and
Lisa Shumaker)


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