The US has just put the son of the late Osama bin Laden in the counter-terrorism blacklist. This move will prevent Hamza bin Laden from accessing the US financial system. The State and Treasury departments have both classified the younger bin Laden as a “global terrorist.” According to them, Hamza called for the terrorist attacks “in Western capitals.”
History of Hamza bin Laden
Hamza bin Laden is currently in his mid-twenties. He became active with al-Qaeda by 2011, which was when US special forces terminated his father. The group is now run by Egyptian deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri but Hamza has sent out voice messages to their followers. By 2015, Hamza bin Laden was a full-fledged member of al-Qaeda.
In August 2015, al-Qaeda released a recording by Hamza. In here, the son of the group’s founder urged his brothers to hit the US and its allies. During the daring raid against Osama bin Laden, Hamza was in Iran under house arrest. There is evidence that the two had been attempting a reunion before the elder bin Laden’s death. Hamza also appealed to his father for al-Qaeda training, Al Jazeera reported.
In addition to Hamza bin Laden, the US also added Ibrahim al-Banna to the blacklist. He is a senior member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). al-Banna was born in Egypt and, according to him, the 9/11 attacks are “virtuous.” Before AQAP, al-Banna was one of the leaders of the Egyptian Islamic Jihan in Yemen.
As a radical, he has threatened the US and Americans abroad. He also urged Saudi tribes to join forces with AQAP. Their common enemy was Saudi Arabia. Finally, with the blacklist of the two, any properties owned by them and under US jurisdiction are subject to freezing. American citizens are also forbidden from transactions the extremists, according to statements from the State department.
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