Hamza bin Laden, who is the son of former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, recently married the daughter of one of the lead hijackers in the 9/11 terror attacks.
During a recent interview with The Guardian, Osama bin Laden’s half-brothers confirmed the marriage. Ahmad and Hassan al-Attas believe that Hamza bin Laden has advanced to a senior position within the terror organization and plans to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a highly-publicized U.S. military raid in 2011.
“We have heard he has married the daughter of Mohammed Atta. We’re not sure where he is, but it could be Afghanistan,” Ahmad al-Attas said.
Hassan al-Attas has suggested that Hamza bin Laden should avoid retaking the steps of his father.
“When we thought everyone was over this, next thing I knew was Hamza saying ‘I am going to avenge my father.’ I don’t want to go through that again. If Hamza was in front of me now, I would tell him: God guide you. Think twice about what you are doing. Don’t retake the steps of your father. You are entering really negative and horrible parts of your soul,” Hassan al-Attas said.
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Recently, Hamza bin Laden has urged his followers to attack Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv. He allegedly works closely with Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is the current leader of Al Qaeda.
Hamza bin Laden has increasingly been a target of Western intelligence agencies who see him as the most capable leader to grow Al Qaeda. Analysts consider his marriage to the daughter of one of the hijackers as an indication that Al Qaeda is still organized around the legacy of Osama bin Laden.
After Saad bin Laden – who was one of Osama’s other sons – was killed in 2009 from a drone strike, investigators recovered letters from his compound that were written from his father. The letters suggested that Hamza bin Laden was being groomed to be Osama bin Laden’s replacement.
Osama bin Laden’s wives and surviving children were given refuge in Saudi Arabia by the former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef. They remain in close contact with bin Laden’s 84-year-old mother, Alia Ghanem.
None of the family members who are in refuge were in contact with Osama bin Laden from 1999 until his death in 2011.
Hamza bin Laden was designated a global terrorist in January 2017 by the U.S. government. Some reports have suggested that he has traveled to Syria, but some experts also think that he could be moving between Afghanistan and Pakistan as he attempts to build support in the tribal territories of those countries.