Al Qaeda’s Leader Is Old, Bumbling—and a Terrorist Mastermind
Ayman al-Zawahiri isn’t trying to plan another 9/11 attack—because he doesn’t need to.
The Taliban’s Broken Pledge to Contain Terrorists
A generation ago, the Taliban promised to prevent Osama bin Laden from targeting Americans—then came 9/11.
Did Mohammed bin Salman Just Give Jihadis the World’s Greatest Terrorist Recruiting Tool?
Anger at the presence of U.S. troops on sacred Saudi soil led Osama bin Laden to found al Qaeda and wage jihad on the West. The crown prince’s decision to welcome them back could light the fuse again.
Among the Memes and YouTube Videos, What Do the Bin Laden Files Hold?
The CIA recently released hundreds of thousands of files seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound. What can we learn from them?
The Bookshelf: FP Staffers Review the New Releases
Just in time for the holiday break, FP returns to reviewing new and upcoming titles on all aspects of international affairs.
Declassified ‘28 Pages’ Suggest Ties Between Associate of 9/11 Hijackers and Former Saudi Ambassador
The documents have no direct evidence of Saudi government ties to 9/11.
Bin Laden’s Syllabus for Fighters, Fears of the Dentist, and Elaborate Will
The latest trove of documents from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan shed further light on his anxieties.
Read Declassified Bin Laden Documents Here
Newly declassified documents show Osama bin Laden set aside about $29 million in his will to fund terrorism.
Osama bin Laden Would Not Have Taken Ramadi
The new trove of bin Laden documents reveals just how different al Qaeda and the Islamic State really are.
Bin Laden’s Odd Religious Library
Osama bin Laden spent the latter years of his life portraying himself as an authority on Islamic law who was qualified to order Muslims around the world to strike Western targets — and then capable of giving them the purported scriptural justifications for their actions.
Al Qaeda’s Blueprint For How To Start a Homegrown Terror Franchise
This 15-page document outlines how to form homegrown terror cells.
Osama bin Laden Was a Francophile
Among the documents recovered from bin Laden's Pakistani compound in 2011 were 19 publications regarding France.
Newly Released bin Laden Files Include Trove of Letters, Books — and Issues of FP
The al Qaeda leader had several 2008 issues of Foreign Policy in his Abbottabad hide out.
Have What it Takes to be in Al Qaeda? Apply here.
Al Qaeda's job application in very traditional, but contains questions that hint at the chilling work the job entails.
Here’s Osama Bin Laden’s Letter to the American People
Osama bin Laden promised endless war in a newly declassified letter to the American people.
Bin Laden Deputy Convicted For Africa Embassy Bombings
U.S. prosecutors convinced a judge to sentence a top bin Laden deputy to life in prison in connection with the 1998 Africa embassy bombings.
What Pakistan Knew About the Bin Laden Raid
As Islamabad’s ambassador to Washington, I had an intimate view of the Pakistani response to the SEAL Team 6 operation. But I still have a few unanswered questions.
Obama Administration: Hersh Account of Bin Laden Raid ‘Patently False’
Current and former officials flatly deny journalist's assertions of grand U.S.-Pakistani conspiracy.
Hersh questions U.S. account on killing bin Laden, others question Hersh account
Seymour Hersh says that pretty much everything written about the killing of bin Laden is wrong.
$50,000 Won’t Get You ‘Machine Gun Fun’ with SEAL That Killed Bin Laden After All
ForAmerica, the group that advertised a $50,000 opportunity for "machine gun fun" with the man who killed Osama bin Laden, is retracting parts of their original offer.