One of the sons of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is emerging as the new leader of the militant group, according to the State Department.
The United States is offering a reward for information on Hamza bin Laden, thought to be in his mid-to-late twenties and based near the Afghan-Pakistan border, of $1 million.
The State Department’s Counter-Terrorism Rewards Program posted the reward on its website late Thursday. “He has released audio and video messages on the Internet, calling on his followers to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies, and he has threatened attacks against the United States in revenge for the May 2011 killing of his father by U.S. military forces,” it said in a statement.
Hamza’s father Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy Seals in Pakistan in 2011. According to letters found by the Navy Seals during the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan, Hamza wrote to the Saudi-born al-Qaeda leader asking to be trained to follow him. The letters indicate he was grooming Hamza to replace him.
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