Donald Trump confirms US killed Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden. Source (pic): TTF

The son of slain al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, was killed in “a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region,” a statement by United States (US) President Donald Trump read.

Bin Laden, who was believed to be aged around 30, had been seeking to lead a resurgence of al-Qaida, which has been eclipsed among jihadist terrorist groups by Islamic State. The US state department designated him as a terrorist in 2017.

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, born a Saudi Arabian,was the founder of the pan-Islamic militant organization al-Qaeda and member of the wealthy bin Laden familyheritage.

He was killed by US special forces who raided his compound in Abbottabad, in Pakistan, in 2011.


SUBANG JAYA: The son of slain al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden, was killed in “a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region,” a statement by United States (US) President Donald Trump read.

The statement, released by the White House yesterday, did not specify the time, date or place Hamza bin Laden was killed. However, the New York Times had previously reported that he was killed some time in the last two years.

Reuters reported that an unnamed US official said Hamza was killed “months ago” with Trump being briefed at the time.


The Guardian wrote:

Bin Laden, who was believed to be aged around 30, had been seeking to lead a resurgence of al-Qaida, which has been eclipsed among jihadist terrorist groups by Islamic State. The US state department designated him as a terrorist in 2017.

“[Al-Qaida was] clearly grooming him to be a next generation successor,” Peter Bergen, director of the international security programme at the New America foundation, told the Guardian in July.

“Ayman al-Zawahiri [al-Qaida’s official leader] hasn’t been a particularly effective leader. He’s got a sort of charisma deficit. And they were trying to put this guy forward.”

On Saturday, using variant spellings of the Bin Laden name, that of the target’s father and the group he led, a statement issued by the White House press secretary read: “Hamza bin Ladin, the high-ranking al-Qa’ida member and son of Usama bin Ladin, was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”

Bin Laden’s death, the statement said, “deprives al-Qa’ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father” and “undermines important operational activities of the group”.

The statement added: “Hamza bin Ladin was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.”

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, born a Saudi Arabian,was the founder of the pan-Islamic militant organization al-Qaeda and member of the wealthy bin Laden familyheritage.

He was killed by US special forces who raided his compound in Abbottabad, in Pakistan, in 2011.

Hamza bin Laden was the son of Khairiah Sabar, one of the former al-Qaida leader’s three surviving wives who lived with him in the compound.

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