Donald Trump: Osama bin Laden’s son killed in counter-terrorism operation
Sept. 14 (UPI) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that Hamza bin Laden, a high-ranking al-Qaida member and son of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation.
“The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives al-Qaida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group,” the statement said. “Hamza bin Laden was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.”
“There may be others who take on leadership roles,” Bruen said. “It will be a long time, if ever, we see someone who can legitimately claim the legacy of a near-mythical figure like bin Laden. For those engaged in the long fight against extremism, this is a significant symbolic victory.”
Osama bin Laden, as the leader of al-Qaida, plotted the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. U.S. Navy SEALS killed him in a house raid in Abbotabad, Pakistan, in 2011.
Hamza bin Laden’s sermons were similar to ones his father gave in the 1980s and 1990s including ones on attacking the United States, Russia and Israel before they shifted in 2017 to endorse jihad in Syria.
Hamza bin Laden was married to the daughter of Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, an Egyptian charged for his role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa.