Osama bin Laden's son Hamza 'calls for attacks on the West' [The Telegraph]

Al-Qaeda claim a message calling for attacks on London and other western cities comes from Hamza bin Laden

By David Lawler, Washington

Osama bin laden's son. Hamza bin laden- telegraphAl-Qaeda has released a message, purportedly from Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, calling for attacks on London and other western cities.

The audio recording was shared by Jihadists on Twitter, and is the first such message from Hamza bin Laden, who is believed to be either 23 or 24 years old. He had not previously been put forth as an al-Qaeda spokesman, but he has been touted as a future leader of the terror network.

Letters found in Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound suggest that he was grooming Hamza as his successful prior to his death in 2011.

The group has been led since that time by Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was bin Laden’s right hand man.

The message is not the first indication that Hamza bin Laden, bin Laden’s youngest son, had joined al-Qaeda’s ranks. He is believed to have taken part in attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan as early as 2005.

In the message, a man al-Qaeda claim is Hamza calls for Jihad against America and its allies. He specifically suggests London, Washington, Paris and Tel Aviv as targets for attacks.

Following the 2011 US raid on the compound in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was living, it was reported that Hamza had been killed alongside his father. White House officials announced his death, before further analysis showed that it was another son, Khaled, who had been killed.

It is unclear where Hamza was at the time of the raid, though it has been reported that he was at the compound but was able to escape. His current whereabouts are unknown.

‘Hamza Bin Laden lived the life of jihad with his father throughout AQ’s (Al Qaeda) creation in Afghanistan, said Rita Katz, director of SITE Intelligence Group.

“Hamza Bin Laden, son of Usamah bin Laden, gives strategies in continuing global jihad in audio message.

‘With Hamza, AQ hopes to renew the popularity of AQ by reviving the brand of “AQ = Bin Laden”.

‘AQ leadership wants Hamza as a future leader: someone loved & inspirational, without a negative reputation or participation in infighting.

‘Hamza Bin Laden calls to move the war from Kabul, Gaza & Baghdad, to Washington, London, Paris & Tel-Aviv. Urges: “This is your duty”.

‘Hamza Bin Laden urged lone wolf attacks in the US and the West; targeting of Jewish American interests globally.’


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