Not only has Osama bin-Laden’s 29-year-old son Hamza taken the reins of a resurgent Al-Qeada, he has just married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the leader of the 9/11 hijackers and the former head of al-Qaeda training camps.
Free Beacon (h/t Marin W) A recent report by the United Nations indicates that terror group al Qaeda is having a resurgence around the world due in part to help from Iran.The report was delivered to the Security Council this week, Fox News reports, and said one of the world’s biggest threats will come from al Qaeda under the leadership of Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s son.
Sputnik Hamza bin Laden, a son and heir apparent to the infamous terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, has big plans for the future, including overthrowing the Saudi monarchy, capturing Islamic holy cities and taking revenge on the West for his father’s death. Speaking to Sputnik, Russian counterterrorism experts outline the dangers posed by the young jihadist.
Al-Qaeda* founder Osama bin Laden is known to have fathered at least 20 children, but is also known to have favored Hamza.
Valuing the religious fanaticism imbued in his son by his mother, bin Laden began using Hamza in al-Qaeda’s propaganda videos at an early age. In one video, a 9-year-old Hamza could be seen reading poetry about the “eternal struggle with the infidels.” After the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the boy posed against coalition aircraft downed by the Taliban.
But it would be in the mid-2010s, after his father’s death and after Daesh (ISIS)* began taking over broad swathes of western Iraqi and eastern Syrian territory, that Hamza began what intelligence analysts suspect to be his rise to power in al-Qaeda’s ranks to the right hand of the terrorist group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Hamza released his first audio message in 2015, calling on followers to wage jihad against Western capitals and Israel. In 2017, he released a video calling for improvised lone wolf attacks against Russians, Americans, Westerners and Jews alike.
Sputnik contributor Igor Gashkov stresses the importance of the fact that Hamza bin Laden’s return to Middle Eastern geopolitics today coincides with the decline of Daesh, whose self-proclaimed “caliphate” has imploded in Syria and Iraq under the pressure of Syrian and Iraqi militaries and their Russian, Iranian and Western coalition allies.
Sputnik contributor Igor Gashkov stresses the importance of the fact that Hamza bin Laden’s return to Middle Eastern geopolitics today coincides with the decline of ISI, whose self-proclaimed “caliphate” has imploded in Syria and Iraq under the pressure of Syrian and Iraqi militaries and their Russian, Iranian and Western coalition.
ISIS’s disillusioned militants have scattered around the Muslim world, and many are obviously looking for a new leader. Under these conditions, al-Qaeda may gain an advantage over ISIS via a rapid change of leadership. It also cannot be excluded that the two groups will gradually merge,” the observer warned.
According to intelligence experts, nowhere is concern with Hamza’s rise greater than in Saudi Arabia, where the young bin Laden has called for a tribal revolt against the monarchy. Riyadh’s recent efforts at moderate social reforms have further complicated the situation, with al-Qaeda taking advantage of conservative attitudes among some segments of Saudi society.
Al Qaeda has grown mostly in Somalia, Yemen, and South Asia, where it has a stronger presence than ISIS. The report also says that Iran is allowing al Qaeda leader Aiman al-Zawahiri to work and coordinate efforts from their country, as noted by the Tower.
“Al-Qaeda leaders in the Islamic Republic of Iran have grown more prominent, working with Aiman al-Zawahiri (Became leader of al-Qaeda after bin -Laden’s assassination) and projecting his authority more effectively than he could previously,” the report says.