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Exclusive: Bin Laden’s Letter To A Terrorist Cell in Germany

Among the documents found in the dead terrorist leader’s house in Pakistan was one that appears to have been destined for a terrorist operative in Düsseldorf who was planning an attack in Germany.

Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad (Sajjad Ali Qureshi)
Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad (Sajjad Ali Qureshi)
Florian Flade

According to information received by Die Welt, a document found in Osama Bin Laden's quarters in Abbottabad, Pakistan, shows that Bin Laden may have been in direct contact with an Islamist terrorist cell in Germany.

The US Navy Seals who conducted the mission in Abbottabad brought the documents found on the premises back to the US where they have been evaluated during the past weeks. CIA analysts paid particular attention to any material that looked as if it might point to imminent terrorist action.

Die Welt sources say that an English translation of an unfinished letter in Arabic written by Bin Laden has been sent by the CIA to European intelligence services. The letter mentions several European cells and a number of terror suspects by name, among them the supposed addressee, Abdeladim el-K., a German of Moroccan descent.

Only days before Bin Laden's death, the same man was arrested by German authorities. Abdeladim el-K. is alleged to be the head of the "Düsseldorf Cell," a three-man unit said to have been planning a bomb attack in Germany.

On April 29, in Düsseldorf and Karlsruhe, suspects Abdeladim el-K., Jamil S., and a German of Iranian descent, Amid C., were taken into custody. German authorities conducting investigations into terror cells in Germany had -- in collaboration with the CIA and Moroccan authorities -- already sniffed out El-K. By tapping phone calls and secretly going through the contents of El-K.s computer, they learned of the planned terror attack.

According to Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), in 2010 El-K. went to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan where he had direct contact with al-Qaeda leadership. Back in Germany, he apparently tried to get in touch with his al-Qaeda contacts via the Internet, but, having failed, decided to go ahead with the bomb attack independently.

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Mahsa Amini, Martyr Of An Iranian Regime Designed To Abuse Women

The 22-year-old is believed to have been beaten to death at a Tehran police station last week after "morality police" had reprimanded her clothing. The case has sparked the nation's outrage. But as ordinary Iranians testify, such beatings, torture and a home brand of misogyny are hallmarks of the 40-year Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mahsa Amini

Firouzeh Nordstrom

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TEHRAN — The death in Iran of a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini — after she was arrested by the so-called "morality police" — has unleashed another wave of protests, as thousands of Iranians vent their fury against an intrusive and violent regime. Indeed, as tragically exceptional as the circumstances appear, the reaction reflects the daily reality of abuse by authorities, especially directed toward women

Amini, a Kurdish-Iranian girl visiting Tehran with relatives, was detained by the regime's morality patrols on Sept. 13, apparently for not respecting the Islamic dress code that includes proper use of the hijab headscarf. Amini was declared dead two or three days after being taken into custody. Officials say she fainted and died, and blamed a preexisting heart condition. But neither her family nor anyone else in Iran believe that, as can be seen in the mounting protests that have now left at least three dead.

For Amini's was hardly the first arbitrary arrest, or the first suspected death in custody under Iran's Islamic regime.

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