AFP: Bin Laden urged ‘spectacular’ attacks on US cities

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WASHINGTON — From his hideout in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden pushed for dramatic attacks on American cities and asserted his authority in correspondence with Al-Qaeda deputies, a US official said Thursday.

Notebooks and computer files seized in the US raid that killed Bin Laden shows the Al-Qaeda chief displayed “a continuing emphasis on spectacular attacks,” urging his lieutenants to focus on US and Western targets instead of striking closer to home in Yemen or Somalia, the official told AFP.

Behind the walls of his compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, Bin Laden wrote to senior leaders that he wanted Al-Qaeda to strike at major US cities, including Los Angeles, and to hit trains as well as airplanes, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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