New Delhi: Son of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatened to revenge his father’s death against the U.S. According to an audio message posted online. Hamza bin Laden promised to continue the global militant group's fight against the United States and its allies in the 21-minute speech entitled “We Are All Osama”, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
“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,” Hamza said. “As for the revenge by the Islamic nation for Sheikh Osama, may Allah have mercy on him, it is not revenge for Osama the person but it is revenge for those who defended Islam.”
Hamza also spoke of his father saying he could have lived a prosperous life enjoying his wealth that reached millions of dollars, but Osama and his companions chose the life hereafter. According to Osama’s son, the number of al-Qaeda members is increasing and is now over hundred thousand, in what could be considered as a message addressed to ISIS.
Hamza didn’t mention in his speech the current leader of al-Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri. In 2011, U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden during a raid at this compound in Abbottabad; a major blow for al-Qaeda which carried the September 2001 attacks in the U.S.
Documents retrieved from bin Laden’s compound claim that some al-Qaeda men tried to reunite Hamza, who was held under house arrest in Iran, with his father. According to Brookings Institute, Hamza is in his mid-twenties now and used to live with his father in Afghanistan before the September 11 attacks.
After the U.S.-led invasion in Afghanistan, Hamza spent most of his time with Osama in Pakistan. Last year, Zawahiri introduced Hamza during an audio message as the younger voice of the organization. He explained that the aging leaders struggle to inspire militants around the world who are eager to join ISIS. Bruce Riedel of Brookings Institute believes Hamza provides a new face for al-Qaeda that “directly connects to the group’s founder. He is an articulate and dangerous enemy.”