The journal was written between February and April 2011, when bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad.
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The 228-page journal meanders among discussions, thoughts and reflections bin Laden shared with his family about how to exploit the uprisings, what to make of the rapid changes unfolding in the Arab world and when Al-Qaeda should speak out.The journal appears to cover conversations between bin Laden and his daughters, Miriam and Somiya, his wife and his sons, Khaled and Hamza – the latter of whom would become a potential successor to lead the group his father founded.In Libya, the uprising would end with Moammar Gadhafi's death months after bin Laden was killed.Bin Laden appears concerned by the speed of some of the region's revolts, believing that a gradual approach would help avoid the backlash of a counterrevolution as regime figures sought to hold onto power at all costs.Al-Qaeda's branch there is among its most active in the world and the journal suggests Al-Qaeda was plotting an assassination attempt against Yemen's embattled ruler at the time, Ali Abdullah Saleh.Or it could also be that bin Laden was shielding his relatives from Al-Qaeda intelligence.
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