Hamza bin Laden was very threatening to US

Trump explains decision to call off strike

The "New York Times" reported that Hamza was killed in an operation within the last two years.

A State Department notice seeking information on Hamza bin Laden.

"He was saying very bad things about our country", Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if the USA had any role in the death of Hamza bin Laden.

While this remains a contested hypothesis, with Al Qaeda being led by multiple top-level leaders, it could show that the U.S. has been committed to end the dynastic trail of the Bin Laden name which could be a binding force and act as a renewed call to strengthen the group amongst the younger generation of Muslims.

"And Hamza bin Laden had those qualities", he told AFP.

In 2011, United States special forces killed his father, Osama, in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

In February the USA government put a $1 million bounty on Bin Laden's head, saying the man sometimes dubbed the "crown prince of jihad" was "emerging as a leader in the Al-Qaeda franchise".

The group behind the deadly September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, Al-Qaeda's prominence as a radical Islamist group has faded over the past decade in the shadow of the Islamic State group.

Earlier this year the US State Department called bin Laden, who is believed to be in his early 30s, an "emerging" leader in the terror group al Qaeda, offering a million-dollar reward for information leading to his capture. Letters found by the Navy SEALs during the raid on his hideout showed that Hamza had asked his father to train him to follow in his footsteps, and that the elder bin Laden was preparing him for the role. "I am sure that it can manage adequately and survive the death of his son".

"The fact they haven't is highly unusual, given his status in the group". Officials had reportedly not confirmed his death at the time. In that message, he threatened Saudi Arabia and called on the people of the Arabian Peninsula to revolt.

In March, Saudi Arabia announced it had stripped Hamza bin Laden of his citizenship, saying the decision was made by a royal order in November 2018.

Rumors of whereabouts In recent years there have been rumours that Hamsa bin Laden has been hiding in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria or Iran.

"They're very much in this fight and we need to continue to take the fight to them", he added.

Hamza bin Laden was not targeted just because he was bin Laden's son, said Rita Katz, executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks extremists.

For a son brought up to hate America, avenging his killing at the hands of special forces was always going to be an obsession.

After the 9/11 attacks, when bin Laden became the world's most wanted man, he sent several of his wives and children to live in Iran, for safety, including Hamza. However it will not end the threat from an organisation that carried out the world's most notorious terror attack.



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