The letter was recovered by the SEALs in Abbotabad Home of Bin Laden where he was gunned down.
I asked Shaykh Sa’id, Allah have mercy on his soul, to task brother Ilyas to prepare two groups — one in Pakistan and the other in the Bagram area of Afghanistan — with the mission of anticipating and spotting the visits of Obama or Petraeus to Afghanistan or Pakistan to target the aircraft of either one of them. They are not to target visits by US Vice President Biden,SOCOM-2012–0000019-HT
Secretary of Defense Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Chairman) Mullen, or the Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Holbrook. The groups will remain on the lookout for Obama or Petraeus. The reason for concentrating on them is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there. Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the US into a crisis. As for Petraeus, he is the man of the hour in this last year of the war, and killing him would alter the war’s path.
So please ask brother Ilyas to send to me the steps he has taken into that work.
Page 1(TN: Religious opening, then:)Dear Brother Shaykh Mahmud, God protect him,Peace be with you, and God’s mercy and blessings.I hope this letter finds you, your family and all the brotherswell and in good health, and closest and most obedient to GodAlmighty.I begin this message with condolences for myself and you on thedeath of our dear brother Shaykh Sa’id, God rest his soul. Maythe Almighty honor him with what he desires, accept him as oneof the martyrs, and count his forbearance and steadfastnessamong his good deeds.God bless him, he spent nearly three decades in the theater ofJihad aiding the religion of God.(TN: Rest of paragraph is a eulogy of the life and deeds of theabove Shaykh Sa’id.)I also offer condolences on the deaths of our dear brothers Abu-’Umar al-Baghdadi and Abu-Hamzah al-Muhajir and those who wagedJihad with them until they died. We ask God Almighty tocompensate us for our hardship and bring some good from it forus, and that hePage 2accept them among the martyrs and let them dwell in Heaven, forHe is most capable of that.(TN: Paragraph seeking God’s protection and guidance for all theMujahidin, then:)In keeping with the words of the Prophet on forbearance, and tofulfill our duties regardless of the hardship faced, I begin mywords with you on Jihad activities in general.First, I wish to inform you that you have been appointedsuccessor to the departed Shaykh Sa’id for a period of two yearsfrom the date on which you receive this letter. I ask AlmightyGod to help you carry out this responsibility well, and augmentyour success, forbearance, piety and good character which if theleader possesses, his followers will benefit all the more soAs you well know, the best people are the ones most agreed on bythe people, and the key attributes that bring people togetherand preserve their staying behind their leader are his kindness,forgiveness, sense of fairness, patience, and good rapport withhim, as well as showing care for them and not tax them beyondtheir ability.What must always be in the forefront of our minds is: managingpeople at such times calls for even greater wisdom, kindness,forgiveness, patience and deliberation, and is a complex task bymost any measure.