Osama Bin Laden’s Son, Hamza, Promises to Continue the Global Militant Fight Against the United States
The son of slain al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, has threatened to embark on a revenge mission against the United States for the assassination of the World’s infamous mastermind of 9/11.
In the 21-minute audio speech entitled “We Are All Osama,” posted online, Hamza bin Laden, promised to continue the global militant group’s fight against the United States and its allies, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
“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 said.
“As for the revenge by the Islamic nation for Sheikh Osama, may Allah have mercy on him, it is not revenge for Osama the person but it is revenge for those who defended Islam.”
The terrorist’s son says that the United States will be targeted in terror attacks similar to 9/11.
Osama bin Laden was killed at his Pakistani hideout by U.S. commandos in May 2011 in a major blow to the militant group which carried out the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Some documents recovered from bin Laden’s compound and published by the U.S. last year alleged that his aides tried to reunite the militant leader with Hamza, who had been held under house arrest in Iran.
Hamza, now in his mid-twenties, was at his father’s side in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks and spent time with him in Pakistan after the U.S.-led invasion pushed much of al Qaeda’s senior leadership there, according to the Brookings Institution.
“Hamza provides a new face for al Qaeda, one that directly connects to the group’s founder,” said Brookings fellow Bruce Riedel. “He is an articulate and dangerous enemy.”
The son was introduced last year in an audio message by al Qaeda’s new chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri. According to reports at the time of bin Laden’s death, his widows told Pakistani security officials they believe Hamza bin Laden escaped amid the confusion following the raid on his Abbottabad compound.
The U.S. military has said another son, Khalid, 22, was killed in the raid.