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What we've learned since the bin Laden raid

In this photo taken Thursday, March 8, 2012, Afghan refugees gather outside the house in Haripur, Pakistan, that Pakistan's intelligence agency believes Osama bin Laden lived in for nearly a year until he moved into the villa where he was eventually killed.

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What we know now that we didn't know a year ago, before Osama bin Laden was killed:

1. He did not need dialysis to treat his kidney ailment. The 54-year-old was healthy, according to his 29-year-old Yemeni widow.

2. Before moving to his Abbottabad compound, he lived with his family in Chak Shah Mohammad Khan, a village in the nearby district of Haripur for nearly two and a half years.

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3. Mr. bin Laden had a plan to kill U.S. President Barack Obama, believing that the United States would fall into chaos if an "unprepared" Joe Biden became Commander in Chief by default.

4. General David Petraeus was also a major target.

5. Mr. bin Laden was obsessed with al-Qaeda's image problem among Muslims. He thought al-Qaeda should find a new name and proposed 10 alternatives.

6. Mr. bin Laden believed his fighters should leave Pakistan's tribal areas because they were being targeted by drone strikes.

7. He believed al-Qaeda made a grave mistake by killing Muslims in Iraq and other battlefields.

8. Mr. bin Laden thought his fighters could avoid surveillance by switching cars in tunnels.

9. He wanted his eldest son, Hamza, to study religion in Qatar.

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10. For the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, he wanted his media team to link the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the financial crisis.

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Sonia Verma writes about foreign affairs for The Globe and Mail. Based in Toronto, she has recently covered economic change in Latin America, revolution in Egypt, and elections in Haiti. Before joining The Globe in 2009, she was based in the Middle East, reporting from across the region for The Times of London and New York Newsday. More

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