The youngest son of the late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has recently called all jihadists to unite and fight in an audio message posted online, according to US terrorist-tracking organization Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE).
In the audio recording, Hamza bin Laden named Syria as the place to unite the mujahideen.
“The Islamic umma (nation) should focus on jihad in al-Sham (Syria)… and unite the ranks of mujahideen there,” said Hamza in the chilling audio message. “There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilized against Muslims.”
The youngest of Osama bin Laden’s children also encouraged his fellow jihadists to free the holy city of Jerusalem, which he likened to a bride.
“The fight to free Jerusalem is a battle between faith and unbelief that requires the unity of the Ummah (the Muslim community),” continued the 23-year-old bin Laden.
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According to SITE director Rita Katz, the message may have been recorded about five months ago. Hamza whose father, Osama bin Laden, and brother died in a 2011 US raid, said that the battle in Syria will pave the way to freeing Palestine.
The online audio message entitled “Jerusalem is a Bride, and Our Blood is Her Dowry,” came after al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri encouraged other jihadis in Syria to join forces and fight, or risk death. This recording came despite his continued rejection of the Islamic State or ISIS.
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In the online audio message made public on Saturday, Zawahiri condemned ISIS calling them “extremists.” Zawahiri has the support of Al-Qaeda groups in the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa. The terrorist group’s influence is being challenged by the Islamic State, which has vast followings in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya.
ISIS and Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, was once a single unit. However, due to a power struggle among leaders, they split and formed their groups.
The Al-Qaeda leader said the situation today is a matter of “life and death.”
“Either you unite to live as Muslims with dignity, or you bicker and separate and so are eaten one by one,” Zawahiri warned.
Osama bin Laden’s former associate intends to build a sovereign state in Syria that would challenge the caliphate of ISIS.
“We have to want the unity of the mujahideen in Sham (Syria) so it will be liberated from the Russians and Western crusaders. My brothers… the matter of unity is a matter of life or death for you,” Zawahiri said, urging fellow Muslim jihadis to take arms to liberate Syria from the Westerners.
Zawahiri became the leader of Al-Qaeda in June 2011, weeks after Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid in Pakistan led by the US Special Forces.
In August, Al-Qaeda reportedly released a message from Hamza bin Laden calling for jihad against America and its allies. It also called for attacks on Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv.
Osama bin Laden’s son also praised the attacks by Palestinians against Israelis in a video discovered by Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI ). The video incorporated an audio message from Hamza encouraging all Muslims around the world to kill the Jews and attack the interests of US and western countries.
The young bin Laden said the supporters of the Jews “must pay the bill in their blood” and ultimately feel the pain Palestinians in Gaza have been experiencing. According to MEMRI, Hamza bin Laden wants to create a massive army based in Syria to free Palestine.
The video also includes clips of Osama bin Laden speaking about Palestine.
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