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Hamza Bin Laden, Osama's Son, Set to Unify World Terrorism

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By    |   Friday, 15 Sep 2017 05:55 AM

Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s son, now in his late 20s, appears set to unify world terrorism, according to reports.

Marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Al Qaeda had shared a post depicting the group’s late leader, Osama bin Laden, standing in the wreckage of the Twin Towers with his son, Hamza bin Laden, Newsweek reported.

The jihadist's progeny has reportedly featured prominently in Al Qaeda’s propaganda campaigns and is believed to be the figure most likely to reunify the global jihadi movement.

An article published in the Combating Terrorism Center’s publication, the CTC Sentinel, noted how Hamza bin Laden is being groomed to lead the organization that his father founded.

The report said Hamza bin Laden was considered to be Osama bin Ladin’s favorite son.

His father began preparing him for leadership from a young age, featuring him in propaganda videos and pushing him to receive assault training with Al Qaeda fighters.

Now it seems Hamza bin Laden is ready to fulfil his leadership role.

According to CTC Sentinel, an audio recording released in 2015 by Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri introduced Hamza bin Laden as "a lion from the den of Al Qaeda."

The recording also featured the message from Osama bin Laden’s son calling for jihadists to "[t]ake the battlefield from Kabul, Baghdad, and Gaza to Washington, London, Paris, and Tel Aviv."

Earlier this year the U.S. State Department flagged Hamza bin Laden as a global terrorist.

According to the Long War Journal, this follows statements in which he called for the attacks on "jews and crusaders," while calling for regime change in Saudi Arabia and declaring his allegiance to his father.

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on the anniversary of 9/11 that authorities were on a hunt for Hazama bin Laden.

"My team even as we sit here is working diligently to find them and bring them to justice," he said to Fox News host Bret Baier.

"If I were them, I would count my days."

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