IntelCenter Words of Osama bin Laden Vol. 1
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IntelCenter Words of Osama bin Laden Vol. 1 is the definitive reference work of Osama bin Laden's statements. It contains the full English translations of 21 statements from 2002-2008. The words of Osama bin Laden provide critical insights into al-Qaeda. They are essential in understanding its intentions, shifts in focus, difficulties, current and long-term objectives, targeting preferences and more. This volume is designed to provide the intelligence, military and law enforcement communities, as well as researchers, scholars and others, a professional-level reference work bringing all of Osama bin Laden’s available statements together in one place.
This volume works with three primary types of material. The two most heavily weighted in the selection process are English language transcripts produced by al-Qaeda and exact transcripts of the English subtitling in al-Qaeda’s videos. Wherever possible these two types are used. If they are not available, then the best quality translation available of the spoken Arabic was used. At the top of each statement the source material type is indicated in the version section.
Due to the variety of source material, there are noticeable variations in spellings, names and other areas from one statement to another. This was unavoidable as we felt it was critical to preserve the exact copy of al-Qaeda’s actual English writings, to include grammatical and spelling errors. This allows analysts and others to use these transcripts in a variety of analytical efforts that would not be possible had everything been standardized.