Bin Laden Comes Back to Lead Al-Qaeda

  • 03/01/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Bin Laden Comes Back to Lead Al-Qaeda
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The State Department confirms Osama bin Laden's son Hamza has emerged as the new leader of the Islamist terrorist group.

Per USA Today:
 

The United States is offering a reward for information on Hamza bin Laden, thought to be about 30 years old and based near the Afghan-Pakistan border, of $1 million. 

The State Department's Counter-Terrorism Rewards Program posted the reward on its website late Thursday. "He has released audio and video messages on the Internet, calling on his followers to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies, and he has threatened attacks against the United States in revenge for the May 2011 killing of his father by U.S. military forces," the State Department said. 

Hamza bin Laden is married to the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker and a mastermind of al-Qaeda's Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. 

Hamza's father, Osama bin Laden, was killed by U.S. Navy Seals in Pakistan in 2011. According to letters found by the Navy Seals during the raid on his hideout in Pakistan, Hamza wrote to the Saudi-born al-Qaeda leader asking to be trained to follow him. The letters indicate Osama bin Laden was grooming Hamza to replace him.


Since Osama bin Laden's death, Ayman al Zawahiri has led al-Qaeda. It remains unclear when he has relinquished power to Hamza.
 Source: AAN
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