It seems that, for the Bin Ladens, terror is a family business.
It was announced yesterday that Hamza bin Laden, son of Al-Qaeda founder and 9/11 architect Osama, has been added to the Specially Designated Global Terrorist list.
The younger bin Laden, aged roughly 27, has been engaging in acts of terrorism, according to the US State Department. Officials say he has called for attacks on western capitals and has reportedly been billed as ‘the new face of Al-Qaeda’, popular with the terror group’s members.
He’s reported to be “charismatic”, supposedly his father’s ‘favourite son’ who has been groomed to take his place.
Bin Laden Sr died in 2011 after a 10-year manhunt, sparked by the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 in which nearly 3,000 people died. Eventually tracked down in Pakistan, he and his other son, Khalid, were killed by US special forces.
After the news broke, President Obama told the world that “justice had been done.” Yet the world hadn't heard the last from the Bin Ladens - more specifically from the radical, bloodthirsty fringe of this wealthy Saudi family.
Differing reports say Hamza was officially brought into Al-Qaeda by Ayman al-Zawahiri - who took over the terror group after Osama’s death – one or two years ago. Even before becoming a member, he appears to have wanted nothing else but to join it. An analyst for the CIA, speaking to Agence France-Presse, said letters found during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan revealed Hamza's desire to train with Al-Qaeda.
Now that this desire has been realised, it would appear he’s upholding it in full. The State Department said he’s called for lone wolf terror attacks against US, French and Israeli interests in Washington DC, Paris and Tel Aviv in audio messages. In July of last year, another audio message from Bin Laden emerged, reportedly threatening revenge against the United States.
In a chilling warning, he told Americans they were targets, both on US soil and abroad - suggesting he is plotting to bring violence upon America, just as his father did on 9/11.
The US has imposed sanctions upon the young Bin Laden, but it remains to be seen whether they will prevent a new chapter in the Bin Ladens' twisted story from coming to pass.