Washington: Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, chosen inheritor to the management of Al-Qaeda, has been killed, US media reported Wednesday citing American officers.
NBC Information stated three US officers had confirmed that they had data of Hamza bin Laden’s loss of life, however gave no particulars of the place or date.
The New York Instances subsequently cited two US officers saying that they had affirmation that he was killed over the past two years in an operation that concerned the USA.
Questioned by reporters within the Oval Workplace, President Donald Trump didn’t verify or deny the NBC report.
“I do not wish to touch upon it,” he stated.
Each experiences prompt that bin Laden could have been killed nicely earlier than the US State Division introduced a $1 million bounty on his head in February 2019.
The 15th of Osama bin Laden’s 20 youngsters and a son of his third spouse, Hamza, considered about 30 years outdated, was “rising as a pacesetter within the Al-Qaeda franchise,” the State Division stated in asserting the reward.
Typically dubbed the “crown prince of jihad, he had put out audio and video messages calling for assaults on the USA and different nations, particularly to avenge his father’s killing by US forces in Pakistan in Might 2011, the division stated.
Paperwork seized within the raid on his father’s home in Abbottabad prompt Hamza was being groomed as inheritor to the Al-Qaeda management.
US forces additionally discovered a video of the marriage of Hamza to the daughter of one other senior Al-Qaeda official that’s believed to have taken place in Iran.
Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts have by no means been pinpointed. He was believed to have been beneath home arrest in Iran however experiences counsel he additionally could have resided in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria.
The group behind the lethal September 11, 2001 assaults on the USA, Al-Qaeda’s prominence as a radical Islamist group has pale over the previous decade within the shadow of the Islamic State group.
However the proliferation of branches and related jihadist teams in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere have underscored its persevering with efficiency.
At his father’s facet in Afghanistan earlier than the 9/11 assaults, Hamza learnt tips on how to deal with weapons, and ranted in his skinny voice in opposition to People, Jews and “Crusaders” in movies uploaded on-line.
In 2016 Al-Qaeda launched a video message through which he urged Islamic State and different jihadists in Syria to unite, claiming that the battle within the war-torn nation paves the best way to “liberating Palestine.”
“There isn’t any longer an excuse for individuals who insist on division and disputes now that the entire world has mobilised in opposition to Muslims,” he stated.
In a later message that 12 months he known as on Saudi youth to overthrow the dominion’s rulers, telling them to enlist within the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda within the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to realize battlefield expertise.
In 2017 he was positioned on the US terrorist blacklist, seen as a potent future figurehead for the group then led by Osama bin Laden’s former deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.
“With the Islamic State ‘caliphate’ apparently on the breaking point, Hamza is now the determine greatest positioned to reunify the worldwide jihadi motion,” former FBI particular agent and Al-Qaeda specialist Ali Soufan wrote on the time of his blacklisting.
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