This document is a letter dated 21 October 2010 from Bin Ladin to “Shaykh Mahmud” (`Atiyya). The letter is primarily focused on issues in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region. In the letter Bin Ladin specifically comments on: the security situation in Waziristan and the need to relocate al-Qa`ida members from the region | counter surveillance issues associated with the movement of his son Hamza within Pakistan | the appointment of `Atiyya’s three deputies | various al-Sahab videos and the media plan for the tenth anniversary of 9/11 | the release of an Afghan prisoner held by al-Qa`ida | and the trial of Faisal Shahzad. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Abu Yahya al-Libi, Saif al-`Adl, and Adam Gadahn are also mentioned in the document.

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