Video Game Strategy Guide Found In Osama Bin Laden’s Compound

Video Game Strategy Guide Found In Osama Bin Laden’s Compound

Guess what was discovered on a bookshelf at Osama bin Laden’s compound during the US raid from 2011? A strategy guide for Delta Force: Xtreme 2 and “video game guide” by GameSpot.

We should be clear, however, that it’s unlikely bin Laden himself was using these books, as they’re been classified under “documents probably used by other compound residents.” The Office of the Director of National Intelligence today released a bunch of documents related to the raid, which included a list of books the military stumbled upon. Here’s the full list:

  • Art Education: The Journal of National Art Education Association, “Islamic Art as an Educational Tool about the Teaching of Islam” by Fayeq S. Oweiss (March 2002)
  • Arabic Calligraphy Workshop by Fayeq S. Oweiss
  • Published Work Sample from Fayeq S. Oweiss (2004)
  • Resume for Fayeq S. Oweiss, Ph.D. (2006)
  • Delta Force Extreme 2 Video game Guide
  • Game Spot Video game Guide
  • Grappler’s Guide to Sports Nutrition by John Berardi and Michael Fry
  • Guinness Book of World Records Children’s Edition 2008 (scans of several pages from)
  • Is It the Heart You Are Asking? by Dr. Islam Sobhi al-Mazeny (suicide prevention guide)
  • Silkscreening Instructions

I won’t blame the government for getting confused on the title of Delta Force Extreme 2, which, as pointed out above, is actually Xtreme 2. Thanks, Obama!

Delta Force: Xtreme 2 was released in 2009 on the PC, and it was not well received at all. The Delta Force games followed the path blazed by games like Rainbow Six but I’ll let this video explain why that’s not in this hip, “extreme” take on Delta Force.

The game’s developer, Novalogic, hasn’t released anything since. Delta Force: Angel Falls has been promised for years, but it’s not clear if the game will ever be released.

As for the “GameSpot Video game Guide,” I have no idea. I believe GameSpot used to put out holiday-timed print magazines to coincide with shopping season. Maybe that’s what that is?

Photo Credit: Associated Press


  • Well that dispells my thought that terrorists just sit in circles all day every day chanting ‘down with the west’

  • suicide prevention guide? <– does this not seem extremely ironic
    Maybe they were reading this to figure out “what not to say” to their candidates before the big boom time.

    A – “Fareth goodluck with your mission, and remember your family loves you very much!”
    F – “Oh My Alah! I dont want to die now, I will miss my family too much. I resign effective immediately.”
    BL – “Dammit Ahkmed! How many times have I told you to not use the Family word! It’s all here in this book. SIgh… Next Candidate!”

  • Pity they didn’t have access to the suicide prevention guide before 9/11.

    • You seriously don’t think this guy sat in a cave in Tora Bora and planned that do you?

  • He was a reader! Definitive proof that reading causes dangerous anti social tendencies.

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