Rumors have been floating around since late July that Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza had been killed, but they weren’t confirmed until Saturday, when President Donald Trump issued an official statement.
“The loss of Hamza bin Ladin not only deprives al-Qa’ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group,” the President told reporters. The wanted terrorist, who had a million dollar price on his head, was “killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”
According to President Trump, “Hamza bin Ladin was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.”
CNN started reporting on July 31 that they thought the younger bin Laden was dead, when a U.S. official leaked it to them. Their source claimed, “the US had a role in this death,” but didn’t say any more. Their resident “terrorism analyst” told them the analysts were puzzled by an inconsistency. “If Hamza bin Laden has indeed been dead for months, you would expect al Qaeda to have released some form of eulogy before today. The fact they haven’t is highly unusual, given his status in the group.”
The State Department reportedly called bin Laden an “emerging” leader in al Qaeda. When they allegedly killed his father and raided Osama’s Pakistan hide out in 2011, the items they seized “indicated he was grooming Hamza bin Laden to replace him as al Qaeda’s leader.”
President Trump reports that Hamza bin Ladin, al Qaeda leader and son of Osama bin Laden, “was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) September 14, 2019
Hamza’s million dollar bounty shows that he never really reached his full potential in the organization. Ayman Az-Zawahiri, described as “the actual leader of al Qaeda,” has a $25 million price on his head.
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