Bin Laden letters describe Shabaab contacts
04 May 2012, 14:05
Nairobi - Newly released documents show that Osama bin Laden didn't want
the Somali militant group al-Shabaab to publicly announce a merger with
al-Qaeda so as not to bring extra attention from "enemies."
Despite that view, the two militant groups announced a merger in February.
Laden said in a letter to al-Shabaab leader Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr that the
world would eventually find out about al-Qaeda's unification with
al-Shabaab, but that if the merger was made public enemies would
mobilise against the Somali militant group.
The letter was
discovered by US forces who raided bin Laden's home in Pakistan last
year, killing him. It was released on Thursday.
al-Qaeda's new leader Ayman al-Zawahri released a video in which he gave
"glad tidings" that al-Shabaab had joined al-Qaeda.