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A new shocker emerges: Thirsting for blood, Bin Laden’s son seeks to avenge his father

The path of jihad for the sake of God

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - As the world’s military forces continue to battle the rise of the Islamic State militant group and an ever stronger growing Al Qaeda - including a dozen more terror outfits increasing the reach in different regions - a new problem has arisen. > BNN

According to an ex-FBI agent, personal letters seized in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden have revealed that the man that defined terror - is survived by his loving, vengeful son.

The son, who was merely a kid during the raid is now set to take his father’s role atop an al Qaeda, that’s stronger than ever.

Further, the former FBI agent familiar with those documents said that the al Qaeda leader's son is a young man who adores his father and wants to carry on his murderous ideology. 

Today, the vengeful son is poised to lead the larger al Qaeda and is bent on avenging his dad's death. 

Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was the bureau's lead investigator of al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks reportedly describes a letter from the son, Hamza, that was collected in the raid and now declassified.

Hamza, who would now be about 28-years-old, wrote a letter to his father when he was 22.

He hadn’t seen his father in several years and reportedly wrote in his letter, that “he remembers 'every look…every smile you gave me, every word you told me.'" 

Adding, “I consider myself to be forged in steel. The path of jihad for the sake of God is what we live."  

Soufan reportedly adds that Hamza's potential as a leader was recognized years ago when he was still a boy.

The child was several times used in propaganda videos, sometimes holding a gun. 

Soufan said in an interview, “He was a poster kid for the al Qaeda… and for members of al Qaeda, who were indoctrinated with these propaganda videos, he means a lot to them.”

According to the U.S., Hamza gets the same classification his father once held - he has been named a "specially designated global terrorist.”

Soufan said that Hamza even sounds like his father.

Adding, “His recent message that came out, he delivered the speech as if it's his father…using sentences, terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden."
Over the last two years, Hamza has recorded four audio messages and the former FBI agent believes that Hamza can inspire and unite the jihadi movement.

He explained, “He's basically saying, 'American people, we're coming and you're going to feel it. And we're going to take revenge for what you did to my father…Iraq…Afghanistan'…the whole thing was about vengeance."

Meanwhile, Al Qaeda has now expanded its foothold in about a dozen countries and has grown since the Arab Spring revolts destabilized regimes and created power vacuums. 

Even as the military coalition in Syria is focussed on ISIS, in the war-torn Syria alone - Al Qaeda is estimated to have about 20,000 followers, many in control of towns and villages. 

Soufan pointed out that some groups are eschewing the name al Qaeda to avoid attention from the West and gain local support, but they are al Qaeda affiliates.

The official added, “Al Qaeda is stronger than ever. I don't believe even bin Laden in his wildest dreams thought that he will have followers who command armies, troops…lands…”

 

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