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Newspaper headlines and clippings are posted on a wall inside a staff office at the White House in Washington May 2, 2011, the morning after US President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. Photo: Reuters

Washington – One day after CIA released millions of classified pages online, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) rushed to release the fourth and final batch or al-Qaeda correspondence, which were found by U.S. soldiers in 2011.

The 49 documents released on Friday include letters to and from bin Laden and other leaders in al-Qaeda. According to what has been previously announced, Bin Laden used to sign his letter with the name Zamray.

In a letter from Bin Laden to a person called Othman, Bin Laden called for launching a campaign against the Iranian expansion, considering Iranian leaders as the biggest threat in the region. He concluded his letter with “I wish the campaign launches the soonest beside exerting tireless efforts on all levels and directions, especially through contacting scholars, preachers and media means and notifying us of all updates, your brother Zamray.”

In another letter, Bin Laden expressed his concerns that al-Qaeda might be collapsing and aging like other organizations. He added that the emphasis should be on ways to develop the activities of the organization in the upcoming period.

Latest documents revealed that Bin Laden insisted on considering the U.S. as the main enemy. “The Ummah’s enemies today are like a wicked tree, the trunk of this tree is the United States,” he wrote.

In one of his letters, Bin Laden tackled the Arab Spring revolutions, which he was killed months after them in the mid of 2011. He considered, in one of his letters to Sheikh Mahmoud, that any interference of al-Qaeda will not do it good.

He preferred to refrain from appearing in these revolutions and to give the rebels their chance to revolt over the tyrant rulers. “The change by itself brings lot of good and mercy,” he wrote.