Hamza bin Laden, a son of deceased al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, has officially been added to the U.S counter-terrorism blacklist. According to the State Department, the move bars U.S. citizens from doing business with him and others on the list.
The State and Treasury departments on Thursday, said they had designated Hamza bin Laden and Ibrahim al-Banna, a senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as global terrorists.
Hamza is Osama Bin Laden’s child with and Khairiah Sabar, one of the wives who was captured during the 2011 raid on his Abbotabad compound in Pakistan. He now joins his half-brother Saad on the terror list.
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Hamza, who is now in his 20s, is seen as a possible successor to his father. A senior al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, named Hamza, an official member of al-Qaeda in 2015. He is seen as a possible successor to his father.
In 2015, Hamza released an al-Qaeda audio message urging its followers in Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza to wage jihad on Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv.