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US puts Osama’s son on terror blacklist

7 January 2017 No Comment

WASHINGTON: The United States added Hamza bin Laden, son and would-be heir of the late global jihadist leader Osama bin Laden, to its terrorist blacklist on Thursday.

Hamza, who is in his mid-twenties, has become active as an Al Qaeda propagandist since his father’s death at the hands of US special forces on May 2, 2011.

According to letters found during the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Hamza wrote to the Saudi-born Al Qaeda leader asking to be trained to follow him.

A CIA analyst who examined the letters told AFP that, in July 2009, when Hamza wrote to his father, they had not seen each other for eight years.

But the elder bin Laden was making plans to send for his son, who was at the time under house arrest in Iran, and planned to groom him to become Al Qaeda’s leader.

Since Osama bin Laden’s death, his Egyptian deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri has taken up the reins of the organisation, but Hamza has also issued audio messages to supporters.


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