Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza emerges as new face of al-Qaeda as he vows revenge against the US “We will continue striking you and targeting you in your country and abroad”
In a 21-minute speech titled “We Are All Osama” posted to a militant website, Hamza bin Laden pledged to continue the militants’ fight against the U.S.
In a translation of the speech posted by the Daily Pakistan, Hamza bin Laden said, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
Hamza bin Laden has recently stepped up his role in Al-Qaeda, posting an audio message in May urging Syrian jihadists to take action to liberate Palestine.
In that message, he said: “The Islamic umma (nation) should focus on jihad in al-Sham (Syria) … and unite the ranks of mujahedeen. There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilized against Muslims.”
It’s left many wondering if Hamza is the future leader of the terrorist group.
Hamza, who is believed to be in his mid-20s, was reportedly with his father during the 9/11 attacks and during the raid by Navy SEALs on bin Laden’s compound, though it’s believed he escaped from the compound during the raid.
Osama bin Laden was shot and killed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs in May 2011.
“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,” said Hamza in the message.
“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,” he added.
Hamza, who is in his mid-twenties, was with his father in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks in the US. He has spent time with Osama bin Laden in Pakistan after the US-led invasion pushed much of al-Qaeda’s senior leadership there, according to the Brookings Institution,Reuters reports.
“Hamza provides a new face for al-Qaeda, one that directly connects to the group’s founder. He is an articulate and dangerous enemy,” said Bruce Riedel from Brookings.
Hamza was introduced to the world in an audio message last year by the terror group’s new head Ayman al-Zawahiri. Hamza provides a “younger voice for the group whose ageing leaders have struggled to inspire militants around the world galvanised by Islamic State,” Reuters reports.
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