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Former FBI Agent Warns Bin Laden's Son Is Out for Revenge

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By Jason Devaney   |   Friday, 12 May 2017 08:19 PM

The son of late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden wants to carry on his father's terror legacy in part to revenge his death at the hands of American commandos, a new report says.

Former FBI agent Ali Soufan, who led the bureau's al-Qaida investigation after the September 11 terror attacks, told "60 Minutes" in an interview slated to air Sunday Hamza bin Laden was the subject of several letters that were discovered during the 2011 raid that resulted in his father's death.

In one letter that's since been declassified, "[Hamza] tells [his father] that … he remembers every look … every smile you gave me, every word you told me," Soufan said. Hamza bin Laden was 22 at the time that letter was written and is now 28.

According to Soufan, the letter continued: "I consider myself to be forged in steel … The path of jihad for the sake of God is what we live."

Hamza bin Laden has released four audio messages in the last two years, and Soufan said he has the potential to inspire other would-be terrorists.

"His recent message that came out, he delivered the speech as if it's his father … using sentences, terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden," the former agent said.

The U.S. added Hamza bin Laden to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists earlier this year.

It was reported in January that Osama bin Laden was fearful that Iran would implant tracking devices into his sons.

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