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Osama bin Laden's letter says he wasn't happy with Al Qaeda's name

June 24, 2011 |  6:24 pm

Osama bin Laden's courier's recovered cellphone is getting a lot of attention Friday, but the discovery of a letter the terrorist leader wrote seems just as interesting.

The Associated Press is reporting that in one of many recovered unsent letters discovered in the Bin Laden compound the Al Qaeda leader had a bit of a marketing streak and wasn't totally into the group's name.

"The problem with the name Al Qaeda, Bin Laden wrote in a letter recovered from his compound in Pakistan, was that it lacked a religious element, something to convince Muslims worldwide that they are in a holy war with America," according to the AP.

"Maybe something like Taifat al-Tawhed Wal-Jihad, meaning Monotheism and Jihad Group, would do the trick, he wrote. Or Jama'at I'Adat al-Khilafat al-Rashida, meaning Restoration of the Caliphate Group," the AP wrote.

On Wednesday, President Obama alluded to that letter when he talked about reducing troops in Afghanistan.

"Bin Laden expressed concern that Al Qaeda had been unable to effectively replace senior terrorists that had been killed and that Al Qaeda has failed in its effort to portray America as a nation at war with Islam, thereby draining more widespread support," the president said.

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Photo: Bin Laden, shown on Dec 24, 1998, speaks to reporters in the mountains of Afghanistan's Helmand province. He led the Al Qaeda network, which has claimed responsibility for attacks on symbols of U.S. power around the globe. Credit: Associated Press

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