Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin Laden is dead, USA says

Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin Laden is dead, USA says

News relating to Hamza also comes at an interesting juncture when the USA is in official talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, to come to an agreement where the 18 years long war in the country could come to a significantly compromised end in the Taliban's favour.

He was killed sometime in the past two years, during the Trump administration, but officials took some time to confirm his death, The New York Times reported.

Individually, the White House declined to comment on whether or not any announcement was imminent.

In February the USA government put a $1 million bounty on Bin Laden's head, saying the man sometimes dubbed the "crown prince of jihad" was "emerging as a leader in the Al-Qaeda franchise".

Hamza Bin Laden was officially designated by the U.S. as a global terrorist two years ago.

In February the USA government put a $1m bounty on Hamza's head, saying the person sometimes dubbed the "crown prince of jihad" was "rising as a leader in the al-Qaeda franchise".

Hamza has called for acts of terrorism in Western capitals and threatened to take revenge against the United States for his father's killing, the U.S. State Department said in 2017 when it designated him as a global terrorist.

A State Department notice seeking information on Hamza bin Laden.

The report also noted that the group remains relatively safe in Afghanistan, with the backing of the Taliban, and continues to closely cooperate with the likes of Pakistani military backed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Letters discovered in the Abbottabad compound after the May 2011 raid that killed the older bin Laden show Hamza had a close bond with his father and wanted to follow in his footsteps. After the September 11, 2001, attacks, he and other members of al-Qaida fled to Iran, where they were detained.

But branches and associated jihadist groups in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere have underscored its continuing potency.

Hamza bin Laden was not targeted just because he was bin Laden's son, said Rita Katz, executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks extremists. "He, with Al-Qaeda's help, was positioning himself to lead the global jihadi movement", Katz said on Twitter.

In recent years, Hamza bin Laden has increasingly appeared in Al-Qaeda propaganda. He was widely seen as a potential successor to his father.

The Toronto Sun wraparound front page following the 9/11 attacks.

Introduced by al Qaeda's chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in an audio message in 2015, Hamza provided a younger voice for the group whose aging leaders have struggled to inspire militants around the world galvanized by Islamic State, according to analysts.

"There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilised against Muslims", he said.

Despite Hamza's death, al-Qaida is still a problem for the West, according to Nathan Sales, a counterterrorism expert at the State Department. He also called for the overthrow of the monarchy in Saudi Arabia, the homeland of his family.

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