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Renaming Al Qaeda to Tanthim al-Jihadi litahrir al-aksa wa-tawhid al-Umma?

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Inside his secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Osama bin Laden mulled renaming Al Qaeda amid worries that the terrorist group had become a tarnished brand. 

That's one of the details tucked in thousands of pages of documents that were seized in last year's Navy SEAL raid. West Point’s Center for Combating Terrorism (CTC) released a study of 17 declassified documents today, offering a window into Mr. bin Laden’s views.

The report notes that one of “the most compelling” stories to come out of the declassified documents is bin Laden’s struggle to rein in Al Qaeda affiliates, and keep his intended message and branding on track.

“I plan to release a statement [announcing] that we are starting a new phase to correct [the mistakes] we made; in so doing, we shall reclaim, God willing, the trust of a large segment of those who lost their trust in the Jihadis,” bin Laden wrote in 2010.


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