Hamza bin Laden, Osama’s son and heir is dead: US Officials
Hamza bin Laden was the heir groomed to take over the terrorism of al-Qaeda’s jihad.
According to one US broadcaster, NBC News, three independent US intelligence sources have confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son and heir of Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda, is dead.
Reports claim that he was killed in a covert operation; however, there are no details so far on what the operation was, where it was conducted, or who was in charge.
An alternative claim has risen from an anonymous source, also within the US government, that the death seems to have occurred in 2018. While the details are still being gathered, it is clear that the US officials are confident that Hamza bin Laden is no longer alive.
In February, the US State Department had announced a reward of $1 million, for any information regarding his whereabouts. Officials have suggested that he was killed even before this announcement.
Reports suggest that Hamza held a senior position in al-Qaeda even during his father’s lifespan; having been groomed to take over leadership of the organisation from the day he turned 15. He was in a position of leadership from the age of 18. He was a gifted poet, using his words to stir extremist religious passions. Called the crown prince of terror, he was most well known for calling for a holy war to be waged on the western cities of Washington, London, and Paris. He was also well known for targeting Tel Aviv.
His last public message was released in 2018. Hamza, by this time, was well known for calling for attacks on the US, by releasing audio and video propaganda messages. Believed to be around 30 years old, Hamza was the heir groomed to take over the terrorism of al-Qaeda’s jihad. In 2016, Hamza made a particularly noteworthy announcement, vowing to avenge his father’s death and swearing vengeance on Americans around the world. He called out western oppression, and delivered a speech titled ‘We Are All Osama’, saying "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."
Hamza was the son of Khairiah Sabar, one of three of Osama bin Laden’s surviving wives. He came close to being killed by his father’s side, in May 2011. He was visiting the compound where his father was caught and killed but left just a day before the operation that took out Osama was conducted. As a part of the operation, US officials uncovered notes and letters penned by the senior bin Laden, expressing his desire to see Hamza take over his ideological empire.