In a newly released video, the son of Osama bin Laden threatened Americans with attacks on U.S. soil and abroad in revenge for his father’s assassination.
Al-Qaeda’s media arm has released a film clip in which the purported son of the late Osama bin Laden, founder of Al-Qaeda – the Islamic terror organization that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States, among numerous mass-casualty acts of terror worldwide – threatens revenge against the U.S. for assassinating his father.
In the video released Saturday by Al Qaeda’s As-Sahab Foundation for Islamic Media Publication, Hamza bin Laden, 25, tells Americans that they are accountable for the decisions of their leaders and that al-Qaeda will continue waging jihad, or holy war, against the U.S. in response to its “oppression” of Muslims. It was not the first such video featuring Hamza.
According to the SITE Intelligence Group, he addressed the U.S. in a 21-minute speech, titled “We are all Osama,” stating, “We will continue striking you and targeting you in your country and abroad in response to your oppression of the people of Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Muslim lands that did not survive your oppression.”
“If you think that your sinful crime that you committed in Abbottabad has passed without punishment, then you thought wrong,” he says, referring to the assassination of his notorious father at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.
Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts are unknown. Analysts speculate that he may be preparing to take over leadership of al-Qaeda.
“Hamza provides a new face for Al-Qaeda, one that directly connects to the group’s founder. He is an articulate and dangerous enemy,” according to Bruce Riedel of the Brookings Institution.
“Introduced by the organization’s new chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in an audio message last year, Hamza provides a younger voice for the group whose aging leaders have struggled to inspire militants around the world galvanised by ISIS,” Reuters reports.
By: AP and United with Israel Staff