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.

Read the original story in German

photo - Sajjad Ali Qureshi

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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