The worst person to ever walk on the face of the earth in our lifetime was Osama bin Laden. Forgiveness should come only for the family members or the victim’s own healing so they can move on with their lives. But the terrible act of 9/11 will never be forgotten.
Osama bin Laden had a son who was set to be the heir of his organization and empire of hate, al-Qaida. In March of this year, the United States government put out a $1 million reward for Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden. United States officials have confirmed Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden is dead.
The “Rewards for Justice” program put out the announcement for any information leading to Hamza’s capture. They went on Twitter and described Hamza as “an emerging al Qaeda leader who has threatened attacks against the United States and allies.” Also in March, Saudi Arabia announced they stripped the citizenship from Hamza, who was stirring up the terror network and causing havoc just like his father.
As of November of last year, he was no longer a citizen and was also exiled. Osama bin Laden lost his citizenship and lived in exile in Sudan since 1994 when Hamza was only a child. Thomas Joscelyn of the Washington-based Foundation for Defence of Democracies stated, “This is an example of history rhyming. He’s basically born right after al-Qaida is founded, so his life is totally consumed in the establishment, the formation of al-Qaida and the launching of its war against the West and America.”
Details were not released on how Hamza died or if the U.S. had anything to do with his death. All that was released is he was dead and died sometime within the last two years. Wednesday, reporters stormed President Trump asking if the U.S. intelligence had information if Hamza was dead, the president replied, “I don’t want to comment on that.”
The last known public message was released in 2018 by al-Qaeda’s media. Hamza called for the people of the Arabian peninsula to rebel, and revolt as he threatened Saudi Arabia.
United Nations Security Council released a document concerning Hamza Usama Muhammad bin Laden earlier in the year which stated, “In accordance with paragraph 13 of resolution 1822 (2008) and subsequent related resolutions, the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities included in the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.”
The reason he was listed by the UN Security Council was included, “Hamza bin Laden was listed on 28 February 2019 pursuant to paragraphs 2 and 4 of resolution 2368 (2017) as being associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of” and “recruiting for”, and “otherwise supporting acts or activities or indicating association with” Al-Qaida (QDe.004).”
In conclusion, the document warned of threats and attacks, and officially naming him as the new leader of the terrorist group, “Hamza bin Laden has been given a more prominent role within Al-Qaida and is considered to have the capability to follow through with his threats. Hamza’s popularity is increasing amongst followers of Al-Qaida, and he has become the most probable successor of a new version of Al-Qaida. Hamza seeks to grow Al-Qaida’s network and use a new phase of terrorist attacks in major Western cities to raise his profile and announce the return of Al-Qaida with himself as a new leader.”
When the Navy SEALS took out Osama bin Laden in 2011, reports stated Hamza was not at the compound with his father in Abbottabad, Pakistan. There were letters found and seized which leaned toward Osama grooming Hamza to join and take over the evil terror his father started. In 2017, former FBI agent Ali Soufan stated in an article to confirm the findings, “Hamza is being prepared for a leadership role in the organization his father founded and is likely to be perceived favorably by the jihadi rank-and-file. With the Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’ apparently on the verge of collapse, Hamza is now the figure best placed to reunify the global jihadi movement.”
Does this mean the terror group is finished? Unfortunately not. Cutting the head off of a snake does not make it any less dangerous as long as the nerves are still alive.