In a newly released audio message posted online by Al-Qaeda entitled “We Are All Osama,” The son of Osama bin Laden has threatened revenge against the US for assassinating his father in the May 2011 raid at Osama’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The whereabouts of Hamza are not currently known, however, it is speculated that he may be preparing to take over leadership of al-Qaida.
In the video released by As-Sahab on Saturday, Hamza bin Laden tells Americans that they are accountable for the decisions of their leaders. He says al-Qaida will continue waging jihad, or holy war, against the U.S. in response to its “oppression” of Muslims.
In the speech Hamza said, “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.”
“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.”
Documents recovered from bin Laden’s compound and published by the United States last year alleged that his aides tried to reunite the militant leader with Hamza.
Hamza is now in his mid-twenties, and according to the think tank Brookings Institution, he was at his father’s side in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks and spent time with him in Pakistan after the US-led invasion pushed much of Al-Qaeda’s senior leadership there.
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