Bin Laden's Son Threatens US for 'Sinful Crime'
Hamza bin Laden is apparently on the rise in al-Qaeda, looking for revenge
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 10, 2016 6:38 AM CDT
In this 1998 file photo, Osama bin Laden is seen at a news conference in Khost, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Mazhar Ali Khan, File)
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(Newser) – Al-Qaeda's media arm has released an audio in which the purported son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatens revenge against the US for assassinating his father, reports the AP. In a 21-minute speech titled "We Are All Osama" released by As-Sahab Saturday, Hamza bin Laden tells Americans that they are accountable for the decisions of their leaders. He says al-Qaeda will continue waging jihad against the US in response to its "oppression" of Muslims. "If you think that your sinful crime that you committed in Abbottabad has passed without punishment, then you thought wrong," he says.

"We will continue striking you and targeting you in your country and abroad in response to your oppression of the people of Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Muslim lands that did not survive your oppression," he said, per the Independent. The elder bin Laden was killed in a May 2011 US raid at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His son's whereabouts is not known. Analysts speculate that Hamza bin Laden may be preparing to take over leadership of al-Qaeda.
 

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