U.S Puts Osama Bin Laden’s Son on Terror Watch List
The United States government has finally placed Osama Bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden on the nation’s terror watch list. Al-Qaeda officials announced Hamza bin Laden was an official member of al-Qaeda.
Bin Laden has joined the terror group, despite his father’s orders not to join the group. Since then, al-Qaida audio messages featuring the younger bin Laden have threatened the U.S. and western nations and called for attacks against U.S., French and Israeli interests in Washington, D.C., Paris, France, and Tel Aviv, Israel.
A July message from him threatened revenge against Americans in the U.S. and abroad. The designation places sanctions on Hamza via Executive Order 13224. The State Department issued a press release announcing this addition to the terror watch list.
“Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism,” “Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and other governments.”
The U.S. government has only sanctioned two of Osama’s children including Hamza. The State Department has been silent on where Hamza is hiding.
Documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound show that Osama was concerned about Hamza’s safety in the months leading up to the May 2011 Abbottabad raid. The al Qaeda master repeatedly discussed ways to prevent Hamza from falling into the hands of al Qaeda’s enemies.
Osama wanted his son to avoid Waziristan, where the drones buzzed overhead, at all costs. And he suggested that Hamza flee to Qatar, where he could lie low for a time. Hamza didn’t flee to Qatar. Al Qaeda’s leaders trained and groomed Hamza, despite the wishes of the former leader of al Qaeda.
U.S. airstrikes killed Al Qaeda’s general manager Atiyah Abd Rahman in 2011. He was responsible for keeping Hamza bin Laden safe.
In a letter written by Rahman, he complained about having to protect Osama’s son. in Aug. 2016, al Qaeda released Hamza’s lengthy critique of the Saudi regime. He called for regime change in Saudi Arabia and blamed the government for interfering in AQAP’s jihad in Yemen.
Hamza’s earliest appearances in al Qaeda’s propaganda were paired with messages from Ayman al Zawahiri, the successor to Osama as head of al Qaeda. The terror organization undoubtedly thinks it is advantageous to use the bin Laden brand name in its jihadi marketing.
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