Hamza bin Laden, the son of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden, was named a “global terrorist” Thursday by the Department of State.
Hamza bin Laden, born in 1989, became a member of al-Qaida in 2015. The State Department issued a statement warning the international community that he is “actively engaged in terrorism.”
Hamza bin Laden is quickly making a name for himself within the ranks of al-Qaida and is considered a possible future leader of the terror network.
“He was his father’s favorite son – everyone, even for the last ten years, has been talking about Hamza succeeding his father,” Middle East expert Fawaz Gerges told BBC in August.
“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, according to extremism watchdog organization SITE Intelligence group. “It is not revenge for Osama the person but it is revenge for those who defended Islam.”
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