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Hamza bin Laden -- born to lead

08/07/2018
Graphic News

August 7, 2018 -- The son of Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden has reportedly married the daughter of terrorist Mohammed Atta who flew a hijacked airliner into World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001.

In an interview with the Guardian, Osama’s family has claimed that Hamza bin Laden has vowed to avenge his father. Bin Laden senior was shot dead during a dramatic raid by U.S. special forces in the early hours of May 2, 2011.

However, sources close to the bin Laden family denied reports of the marriage. Omar, 37, the fourth son of the former Al Qaeda leader, told London-based Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday (August 6) that his half-brother is married to Maryam Abdullah Ahmad Abdullah -- the daughter of Abu Mohammed al-Masri, an Al Qaeda leader indicted for his role in the August 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

Hamza is seen by many as a future standard bearer of global jihad, unlike the uncharismatic Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over the leadership of Al Qaeda after bin Laden’s demise.

As a Saudi descended from prominent families on both his father’s and his mother’s side -- his mother, Khairia Sabar, was a leading child psychologist -- Hamza has the family pedigree to command respect and large donations from Gulf supporters.

Writing in the West Point-based CTC Sentinel, author Ali Soufan points out that Hamza has returned to his father’s rhetoric castigating the House of Saud and calling for regime change in the Kingdom. Hamza could be a highly effective leader at a moment when Al Qaeda affiliates are growing in resources and influence across the Islamic world, and Islamic State is crumbling, with tens of thousands of followers looking for fresh leadership.


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