US adds Osama Bin Laden’s son Hamza to its terror blacklist: 10 points
The United States today added Hamza Bin Laden, one of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden’s sons, to its terrorist blacklist. Here’s everything you need to know about the man who’s been called the "Crown Prince of Terror", in 10 points
Hamza bin Laden, who’s now in his mid-twenties, has been "determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security," the US State Department said.
The State Department says the younger Laden - in a 2015 audio message - called for acts of terrorism in Western capitals. In an audio message last year, he threatened revenge against the U.S. and warned Americans they would be targeted at home and abroad.
Hamza bin Laden also has called for lone wolf, or solo-operative, attacks against US, French, and Israeli interests in Washington, Paris and Tel Aviv.
Hamza was Osama’s favourite son. A British parliamentarian once called him the "Crown Prince of Terror."
Hamza has vowed revenge against the US for the death of his father, who was killed in 2011 by US commandoes in Abottabad, Pakistan.
After Osama’s death, his Egyptian deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri has taken up the reins of the al-Qaida, but Hamza has been active as a propagandist.
Hamza bin Laden was officially named an al-Qaida member in 2014 by al-Zawahiri.
According to letters found in the Navy SEAL raid on Osama’s hideout in Pakistan, Hamza wrote to the Saudi-born al-Qaeda leader asking to be trained to follow him.
A CIA analyst who examined the letters told AFP that in July 2009, when Hamza wrote the letter to his father’s Abbottabad hideout, they had not seen each other for eight years.
10. Osama bin Laden’s plans to groom his successor
But Osama bin Laden was making plans to send for his son, who was at the time under house arrest in Iran, and planned to groom him to become al-Qaeda’s leader.