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White House: Son of Osama bin Laden Has Been Killed

Details are still unclear on what exactly happened to Hamza bin Laden and when

(Newser) - The White House says Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaeda leader who'd become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, has been killed in a US counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. A White House statement gives no further details, such as when Hamza bin... More »

The US Sets Its Sights on a 30-Year-Old bin Laden

State Department will pay up to $1M for info on Osama's son, Hamza bin Laden

(Newser) - "Submit a tip, get paid," reads the tweet from the State Department's Counter-Terrorism Rewards Program. In this case, the US is looking for a big tip—and offering a handsome reward: The US announced it will pay up to $1 million for information leading to Hamza bin... More »

Trump Doubles Down on bin Laden Assertion

After comments on William McRaven, says 'of course' we should have gotten him earlier

(Newser) - Adm. William H. McRaven is a distinguished retired Navy SEAL and special ops commander who led the raids that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein and the death of Osama bin Laden. President Trump, however, dismissed McRaven in his interview Sunday with Fox News as an "Obama backer"... More »

He Wanted Revenge for Brother's 9/11 Death, Found Something Else

It's been 17 years to the day

(Newser) - As the US remembers the 9/11 attacks that took place 17 years ago, the Louisville Courier Journal relays the remarkable story of a young girl's note to those helping in the aftermath. Emily Ernspiker, then a 7-year-old in Kentucky, donated a pair of work gloves that made their way... More »

Family: Bin Laden Son Married Hijacker's Daughter

Couple might be in Afghanistan, half brother says

(Newser) - If Osama bin Laden wasn't dead, he would probably have been happy to give his blessing to the marriage of his youngest son. Relatives tell the Guardian that Hamza bin Laden has married the daughter of Mohamed Atta, the eldest of the 9/11 hijackers. Atta, an Egyptian citizen, flew... More »

Bin Laden's Mom Speaks of 'Cult' in First Interview

Saudi Arabian crown prince OKs interview with Alia Ghanem

(Newser) - In journalism parlance, securing an impressive interview is called a "get," and Martin Chulov got one. In an article for the Guardian that he writes is the first time Osama bin Laden's mother has spoken out, Chulov explains that Saudi Arabia's new leadership is a contributing... More »

He Helped Find bin Laden, Now Languishes in Jail

The AP takes a look at Shakil Afridi's ordeal

(Newser) - Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years—since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to get DNA samples from bin Laden's family as a means of pinpointing his location, aiding US Navy SEALs who tracked and killed the al-Qaeda leader. Afridi... More »

Bin Laden: YouTube-Watching, Mr. Bean-Loving Crocheter?

CIA releases 470K documents from house where Osama bin Laden was killed

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden wasn't impressed with British society—“I got the impression that they were a loose people"—and no amount of visits to the birthplace of Shakespeare could change that. On Wednesday, the CIA released 470,000 documents from the house where bin Laden was killed... More »

FBI Investigator: 'We're Not Done With the bin Ladens Yet'

Hamza bin Laden appears ready to pick up the mantle

(Newser) - "I think we're not done with the bin Ladens yet." That's the conclusion of Ali Soufan in a 60 Minutes interview focusing on the trove of documents taken from Osama bin Laden's compound upon his death. Soufan—the FBI's chief al-Qaeda investigator in the... More »

Obama Releases Bin Laden Documents on Last Day

They include letters to his sons and memos about al-Qaeda bureaucracy

(Newser) - In its last day running the country, the Obama administration has released a final batch of documents once belonging to Osama bin Laden, the AP reports. The 49 documents made public Thursday were part of the hundreds taken during the 2011 raid that led to bin Laden's death. Intelligence... More »

US Slaps Sanctions on bin Laden Son

'Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism'

(Newser) - The Obama administration imposed sanctions on a son of Osama bin Laden on Thursday, saying the younger bin Laden poses a risk to US national security. The State Department said Hamza bin Laden was added to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list after he was "determined to have committed,... More »

Son of Osama's Bombmaker Caught in Terrorists' Civil War

'Washington Post' interviews Mohammed al-Masri

(Newser) - Those looking for insight into the fierce rivalry between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State will want to read a Washington Post interview with a 35-year-old named Mohammed al-Masri. He happens to be the son of Abu Khabab al-Masri, a chemist known as Osama bin Laden's bombmaker who was killed... More »

Bin Laden's Son Threatens US for 'Sinful Crime'

Hamza bin Laden is apparently on the rise in al-Qaeda, looking for revenge

(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... More »

CIA Defends Its 'Live-Tweeting' of bin Laden Raid

'Victory lap' widely mocked on social media

(Newser) - The CIA decided to relive one of its greatest hits on Sunday by " live-tweeting " the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to mark its fifth anniversary—but social media users turned out to be a tough crowd. "Stop trying to be cool on twitter and get.on... More »

Osama Wanted Americans to Fight ... Climate Change

He wanted youth to launch 'great revolution' against lobbyists

(Newser) - Climate change activists seeking drastic change have an ally about as welcome as a mountain of burning tires: Osama bin Laden. In a newly released letter seized during the 2011 raid that killed the al-Qaeda leader, he urges Americans to launch a "great revolution for freedom" to untether President... More »

Osama's Will Reveals How He Wanted His Millions Spent

Secret docs reveal fears of drones, tracking devices

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden set aside money for his relatives, but the majority of his fortune—including $29 million in Sudan—was to be spent "on jihad, for the sake of Allah," according to his just-released will. The handwritten document was one of hundreds seized during the 2011 raid... More »

Navy SEAL Kept Secret Pic of bin Laden Corpse: Report

Matt Bissonnette's business dealings now under investigation

(Newser) - A former Navy SEAL who took part in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden kept a secret photo of the terrorist's corpse, sources say. Matt Bissonnette—who landed in hot water over his best-seller about the 2011 raid—turned over a hard drive containing the photo to US... More »

Meet the Lawyers Who Justified Killing Osama bin Laden

Their secret memos were a defense in case things went 'terribly badly'

(Newser) - On Wednesday, the New York Times published a fascinating story on the four government lawyers who secretly cleared the way for the 2011 raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. It's one of the few stories behind the raid that hasn't been told before and... More »

Biden Changes Tune on Raid That Killed Bin Laden

He now says he privately urged Obama to go ahead with it

(Newser) - Joe Biden has long claimed he never advised President Obama to go through with the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. It's a claim he's now changing—or at least slightly tweaking—as he possibly prepares to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN reports.... More »

Zero Dark Thirty Filmmakers Accused of Bribing CIA

Sensitive information allegedly secured with dinners, cheap jewelry

(Newser) - The music industry sometimes uses payola to achieve its goals, and the movie industry apparently uses ... fake pearl earrings and tequila. The screenwriter and director of the hit film Zero Dark Thirty are accused of bribing CIA officials to receive sensitive information, according to CIA documents obtained by Vice . The... More »

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