Bin Laden's Son Threatens Revenge Against The U.S. For His Father's Assassination

Soumashree Sarkar

Bin Laden's son has threatened revenge against the United States for the assassination of his father.

Hamza bin Laden, the youngest known son of the dead al-Qaeda mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, announced his plans for avenging his father through an audio clip that was released by the terrorist organization's media outlet, As Sahab.

Reuters reports that according to the SITE Intelligence Group (a U.S. enterprise that monitors terrorist communication globally), bin Laden's son spoke passionately on his plans to seek revenge against the United States and its ally countries.

The video was 21 minutes long and was titled "We Are All Osama."

The words (quoted in the same article by Reuters), in the message released by Hamza bin Laden, rings with the rhetoric of a militant leader in the making.

"We will continue striking you and targeting you in your country and abroad in response to your oppression of the people of Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Muslim lands that did not survive your oppression."

Killed in an American military operation at a temporary residence in Abbottabad in Pakistan, Osama's death is the focus of bin Laden's son's address.

"As for the revenge by the Islamic nation for Sheikh Osama, may Allah have mercy on him, it is not revenge for Osama the person but it is revenge for those who defended Islam."
"Hamza provides a new face for [A]l Qaeda, one that directly connects to the group's founder. He is an articulate and dangerous enemy."

A New York Post article reported that bin Laden's son -- a teenager who was already being groomed to take over leadership then -- was almost lucky in escaping the US Navy SEALs when they attacked their hideout.

Bin Laden, too, had high hopes regarding the capabilities of his son, especially after his older son Saad died in a U.S. drone attack earlier. Among the letters found in Osama's room after his death, wrote David Ignatius in the Washington Post, was one where he mentioned his wishes for Hamza.

"Toward the end of his long message to Atiyah, he spoke of his son Hamzah and his desire that the young man would be educated as a religious scholar in Qatar so that he can 'refute the wrong and the suspicions raised around Jihad'."

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