The son of the Osama bin Laden al-Qaida leader Hamza bin Laden is reported dead, in keeping with multiple news organizations citing U.S. officials.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, officials stated Hamza bin Laden was killed through the first two years of the Trump administration. However, they didn’t disclose where or precisely when the operation occurred, nor what role the united states government performed, according to the New York Times. They mentioned he was killed before February 2019 when the State Department announced a $1 million reward for details about his whereabouts before U.S. officials might confirm his death.
President Trump was asked by reporters about it on Wednesday. However, he stated only, “I do not want to comment on that.”
Reuters reports that U.S. officials solely recently reached the conclusion that the younger bin Laden was dead.
Osama was killed in a raid by Navy Seals in 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The reports recommend that Hamza bin Laden was groomed for eventual leadership of al-Qaida. In an extensive article revealed by the Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point, a former F.B.I agent, Ali Soufan describes Hamza as his father’s favorite son.
“Many factors suggest that Hamza might be a highly effective leader: his family pedigree, his dynastic marriage, his longstanding jihadi fervor, and obvious charisma, and his closeness to al-Qa`ida’s most senior operatives,” Soufan wrote. “It is still to be seen how. The group will make use of him. However, it’s clear that his star is on the rise. That should worry policymakers within the West in addition to in the Muslim world.”