Osama bin Laden hated being left out of the spotlight and had horrific plans for another terrorist attack 10 years after 9/11, a bombshell new book has claimed.
The Al-Qaeda chief had begun to feel like "history was passing him by" and wanted to stage another attack which included a potential plot to kill Barack Obama, according to reports.
Journalist Peter Bergen, the author of The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden, says the terrorist leader felt "ignored" and that Al-Qaeda was a "brand in trouble".
To combat the fall of the terror group, he planned a "mea culpa" and hoped to introduce a "gentler" version in a bid to revive its fortunes.
The new book also states his final days were full of rage and frustration as the 10th anniversary of the tragic September 11 attacks.
Bergen, a CNN national security analyst, is publishing the biography with Simon & Schuster on Tuesday, which says the leader's feeling of being "left out" was gnawing at him.
He became consumed by paranoia and reportedly quizzed if one of his wives had been implanted with a tracking chip in her last visit to the dentist.
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Bin Laden met his end after US Navy SEALs swarmed his Abbottabad compound on May 2, 2011, almost 10 years after 9/11.
He was planning to record a video he believed could reset Al-Qaeda's image in a desperate attempt to become relevant again.
Bergen spoke to sources who were have been reluctant to speak until now, and searched through 470,000 files found on computers seized at the terrorist leader's home.
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The analyst, known as one of the world's leading experts on bin Laden, traces his rise as Al-Qaeda's chief, the group known for dozens of tragic attacks and posed a threat to the West.
Bergen says the "most transformative" moment of his life included the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet army, where bin Laden gathered donations for his jihad.
He began sharing propaganda through a 'Jihad' magazine, an early example of Islamists.
After President George HW Bush sent US troops to Somalia in 1992 to fight in the civil war, bin Laden viewed the move as a plot to take over the Muslim world, and his war on America began.
He later became the most wanted terrorist in the world after he plotted a series of attacks, including the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi where 213 people died, including 12 Americans.
The book adds Kalid Sheik Mohammed pitched the idea of crashing planes into buildings in the US, which bin Laden told him they should use passenger jets packed with explosives.
On September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda terrorist planes flew into the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon while another plane travelling towards the White House crashed before hitting its target.
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