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Former al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. (REUTERS)
Osama bin Laden sent orders for al-Qaida to assassinate U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, according to declassified documents seized during a raid of his Pakistan compound.
And the terrorist mastermind was also frustrated that he couldn't control rogue jihadist cells operating in al-Qaida's name that he feared were damaging the terrorist group's brand by killing so many Muslims instead of Americans.
This portrait of bin Laden as increasingly isolated and frustrated comes from several letters taken during the raid a year ago in which bin Laden was killed.
The U.S. Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center was given the 17 declassified documents -- totalling 175 pages -- which form a small part of the tens of thousands of documents, videos and computer discs U.S. Navy SEALs seized from the compound.
The documents are dated from September 2006 to April 2011 and, among other things, show bin Laden lamented the lack of a centralized media strategy that he considered "a principle element of the battle" to win over Muslim support.
He also praised the Arab Spring uprisings for overthrowing secular tyrants in North Africa just days before his death.
Perhaps most compelling were plans bin Laden concocted to assassinate Obama and Petraeus, who was head of NATO forces in Afghanistan at the time.
The amateurish plans, detailed in a undated letter to an unnamed al-Qaida lieutenant, call for teams to camp out at Baghram, Afghanistan, and in Pakistan, and target planes known to be carrying Obama or Petraeus during their visits to the area.
On Wednesday, Obama returned from one such visit to Afghanistan.
"The reason for concentrating on them is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make (vice-president Joe) Biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term, as it is the norm over there," the translated document reads. "Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis."
As for killing Petraeus, Osama wrote, "he is the man of the hour in this last year of the war, and killing him would alter the war's path."
According to an analysis of the documents, Osama was not the head of jihadi groups around the world and "was unimpressed by the recent trend of American populist jihad."
"On the basis of the 17 declassified documents, Bin Ladin was not, as many thought, the puppetmaster pulling the strings that set in motion jihadi groups around the world," the Combating Terrorism Center said in a report. "Bin Ladin (sic) was burdened by what he saw as their incompetence."
Bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs one year ago after they raided a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. where he was hiding out.