The son of Al-Qaida founder Osama Bin Laden wants revenge on the U.S. for killing his father in 2011.
Hamza Bin Laden promised to carry on Al-Qaida’s fight against the U.S. and its allies in an audio recording titled “We Are All Osama.” The message was posted online, according to extremism watchdog organization SITE Intelligence group.
“We will continue striking you and targeting you in your country and abroad in response to your oppression of the people in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Muslim lands that did not survive your oppression,” Hamza Bin Laden said in the 21-minute message. “It is not revenge for Osama the person but it is revenge for those who defended Islam.”
Documents obtained from the hideout in Pakistan where Osama Bin Laden was killed indicate the Al Qaida leader tried to re-connect with his son, who was under house arrest in Iran at the time. Hamza, who is now in his mid-20s, has since taken a leadership role within the organization.
“Hamza provides a new face for al Qaeda, one that directly connects to the group’s founder. He is an articulate and dangerous enemy,” said Bruce Riedel of the Brookings Institution, according to Reuters.
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