Osama bin Laden’s son Hamzanow is abouth 28 year old is poised to lead al Qaeda years after his father’s death. A former FBI agent told a television news channel that personal letters seized during the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama , which are now declassified, said that Hamza seems motivated and prepared to avenge his father.
Ali Soufan was an agent who also served as the bureau’s lead investigator of al Qaeda after 9/11. He said bin Laden’s son was seen as the next possible leader of the terrorist organization when he was just a child. Principal among Hamza’s messages is his desire for revenge.
‘He’s basically saying, “American people, we’re coming and you’re going to feel it. And we’re going to take revenge for what you did to my father…Iraq…Afghanistan”…the whole thing was about vengeance,’ Soufan said.
Al Qaeda now has footholds in about a dozen countries and has grown since the Arab Spring revolts destabilized regimes and created power vacuums. In Syria alone it’s estimated to have about 20,000 followers, many in control of towns and villages. Some groups are eschewing the name al Qaeda to avoid attention from the West and gain local support, but they are al Qaeda affiliates, says Soufan.
Soufan also told the CBS Channel that Hamza , can inspire and unite the jihadist movement. Bin Laden’s favorite son has been a prominent figure in several propaganda videos for al Qaeda, even as a young boy. He was filmed calling for terrorist attacks on London, Washington and Paris in an audio message released by the organization in 2015. He has recorded four of theses types of messages in the last two years.
This January, the United States has named Hamza a “specially designated global terrorist” — the same classification his father once held. “He even sounds like his father,” Mr. Soufan has said.
“His recent message that came out, he delivered the speech as if it’s his father…using sentences, terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden.”
Osama Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011, by US Navy SEAL Team Six.