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Reports: Al-Qaida Planned Train Attack; Bin Laden Wife Hid For Years

Some of the latest headlines and developments related to the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden include:

-- "Among the files recovered from captured computers and flash drives were documents detailing a previously unknown plan to attack the U.S. commuter rail network, intelligence officials confirmed. The plan, which described a sabotage attack to occur on this year's 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was being actively considered as recently as February 2010, Obama administration officials said." ( The Washington Post)

-- "After reviewing computer files and documents seized at the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed, American intelligence analysts have concluded that the chief of Al Qaeda played a direct role for years in plotting terror attacks from his hide-out in Abbottabad, Pakistan, United States officials said Thursday. The C.I.A. had Bin Laden's compound under surveillance for months before American commandos killed him in an assault on Monday, watching and photographing residents and visitors from a rented house nearby, according to several officials briefed on the operation." ( The New York Times)

-- "Bin Laden Wife Reportedly Spent Years In Compound: One of three wives living with Osama bin Laden has told Pakistani interrogators she had been staying in the al-Qaida chief's hideout for six years without leaving its upper floors, a Pakistani intelligence official said Friday." ( The Associated Press)

-- "Sources involved in the operation that took down Usama bin Laden told Fox News the terrorist leader acted 'scared' and 'completely confused' in his final moments, "shoving his wife" at the Navy SEAL who ultimately shot him." ( FoxNews.com)

-- " Al-Qaida has confirmed Osama bin Laden's death in an Internet statement." (The Associated Press)

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