Hamza bin Laden, the son of sight of the deceased leader of al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden is dead, according to intelligence information gathered by the US. This was revealed by the NBC, citing three American executives covered by anonymity, who did not provide details on where or when he would die or whether the United States played a role in the affair. There is therefore still no official confirmation.
Last March, the US State Department had put up a million dollar bounty on Hamza, considering him an emerging leader of the organisation once led by the father. Little compared to the 25 million dollars at stake for the current head of Al-Qaida, the Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri. But the move confirmed the rise of the thirty year old bin Laden, for over two years designated by the US as a global terrorist. Also in March, Saudi Arabia announced that it had removed the citizenship of Hamza, considering it “one of the leading figures in the terrorist organisation”. Little is known about him, born in 1989.
When Osama moved to Afghanistan in 1996 and declared war on the US, his seven-year-old son went with his father and appeared in propaganda videos of al Qaida, the first dated 2005. According to intelligence sources, so far he would have hidden on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. From the letters seized in the Pakistani compound of Abbottabad where in 2011 the US Navy Sealkilled his father, considered the mind of the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in 2001, it emerges that he had been instructed by Osama himself and was destined to take his place. It is thought that he spent some years with his mother in Iran, although according to other sources he may have lived in Pakistan, Afghanistan and even in Syria.
According to the US State Department, he married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the Egyptian terrorist leader of the commando of the September 11 attacks and hijacker of one of the planes that crashed against the towers of the World Trade Centre. In recent years, Hamza has released videos and audios inviting al Qaida supporters to attack the US and its Western allies to avenge their father’s death. In his latest audio message of March 2018, he threatened Saudi Arabia and asked his citizens to prepare jihad against their monarchs.
In recent months, al Qaida has spread sermons where Hamza invites the mujaheddin to unity in Syria, urges to hit Western countries and Shiites. All clues, according to American counter-terrorism experts, of the potential of the young person to emerge as a charismatic leader of al Qaida, after the sunset of ISIS. According to this thesis, al-Zawahiri was unable to collect bin Laden’s legacy and proselytise, but Western intelligence executives, including MI6 chief Alex Younger, do not believe that al Qaida has disappeared. Rather. He would use his low profile to reorganise and strengthen himself, planning other attacks against the West and its allied governments in the Middle East and Africa.