Laden planned to target airplane carrying Barack Obama

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Washington, May 4: Slain terror head Osama bin Laden plotted to kill US President Barack Obama and General David Petraeus, the then top US commander in Afghanistan, according to a seized documents from the Abbottabad safe-house of Bin Laden.

The former al-Qaeda chief instructed Illyas Kashmiri to set up two units to target planes carrying them, said the documents. The Combating Terrorism Center (CTS) released some of the seized documents at West Point on May 3.

"Bin Laden had asked Atiyya's predecessor, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, to task Illyas, presumably Illyas Kashmiri, to set up two units, one in Pakistan and another in Bagram, Afghanistan, to target airplanes known to be carrying President Obama and/or General Petraeus on their visits to these areas."

"He only wanted President Obama and General Petraeus to be targeted," said the CTC in its report.

The report further said that unexpected death of President Obama would be seen as the "utterly unprepared" as it would see Vice President Joe Biden taking over the regime, thus leading US into a chaotic situation, and "the killing of Petraeus would have a serious impact on the course of the war". It said that Bin Laden considered him "the man of this (critical) phase".

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