Trump Confirms Death of Hamza bin Laden in Counterterrorism Strike

  • "Hamza bin Laden, the high-ranking al-Qaeda member and son of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region," Trump said.
  • American media outlets had reported Hamza bin Laden's death in late July, based on information from the country's intelligence wing.
  • In February, Washington offered a reward of up to $1 million for any information about Hamza bin Laden's whereabouts.

The US. has confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s son, considered the heir apparent to al-Qaeda’s command, was killed in a U.S. counter terrorism operation. The American media had earlier reported his death in late July. Hamza, aged roughly 30 years old, was the fifteenth of Osama bin Laden’s 20 children.

Hamza bin Laden was a Saudi-born member of al-Qaeda. He was a son of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and, following his death in 2011, was described as an emerging leader within the group. On 31 July 2019, The New York Times and other news organizations quoted unnamed American officials as saying that bin Laden was believed to have been killed in the first two years of the Trump administration.

“Hamza bin Laden, the high-ranking al-Qaeda member and son of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region,” President Trump stated in a brief statement released by the White House. It, however, did not state the date on which the operation in question was carried out. “The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives al-Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group,” the statement added.

American media outlets had reported Hamza bin Laden’s death in late July, based on information from the country’s intelligence wing. In late August, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was the first U.S. government official to speak publicly on the issue, saying he “understood” that Hamza bin Laden was dead without giving further details in regard to the issue.

Al-Qaeda is a militant Sunni Islamist multi-national organization founded in 1988 by Osama bin Laden, Abdullah Azzam, and several other Arab volunteers during the Soviet–Afghan War. Al-Qaeda has mounted attacks on non-military and military targets in various countries, including the 1998 United States embassy bombings, the September 11 attacks, and the 2002 Bali bombings.

In 2017, the U.S. put him on the “blacklist” of international terrorists after he spearheaded terrorist attacks in western capitals and threatened to take revenge on the U.S. for having killed his father. In February, Washington offered a reward of up to $1 million for any information about Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts.

The late Osama bin Laden was the founder of al-Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist group. On May 2, 2011, his life was terminated by a U.S. led operation in Pakistan, shortly after 1:00 am, local time by the United States Navy SEALs of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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