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Osama Bin Laden's Son Swears Revenge On US

| by Michael Doherty

In an al-Qaida propaganda video, Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza bin Laden, has sworn revenge on the U.S. for killing his father

In the video obtained by SITE Intelligence Group, Hamza, who is believed to be around 28, speaks over footage of past terrorist attacks, encouraging al-Qaida's follows to carry out attacks on Americans, Jews and Russians, according to CNN.

"If you are able to pick up a firearm, well and good; if not, the options are many," says Hamza in the video.

The rising terrorist leader also says he will "continue striking and targeting" the U.S. "in response to the oppression of the people of Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Muslim lands that did not survive your oppression," according to The Week.

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The video, entitled "We Are All Osama," was released just after the six-year-anniversary of Hamza's father's death.

According to Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent who worked as the lead investigator of al-Qaida in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, Hamza "is being prepared for senior leadership in al-Qaida, to play a role down the road in leading the organization, and probably in unifying the global jihadi movement."

"He has been trying to copy his dad, the tone of his dad, and also to copy and repeat the messages and terminologies used by his dad in the past," Soufan added.

Hamza has recorded four audio messages calling for attacks on Westerners in the past two years, the Independent reports.

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"He's basically saying, 'American people, we're coming and you're going to feel it. And we're going to take revenge for what you did to my father... Iraq... Afghanistan' ... the whole thing was about vengeance," said Soufan.

Hamza has been appearing in propaganda videos for the terror group since he was a child.

"He had a lot of charisma, and he had enormous public-speaking abilities at a very young age," said Soufan.

"He was that kid that exhibited leadership skills early on. He was a poster kid for the al-Qaida... and for members of al-Qaida, who were indoctrinated with these propaganda videos, he means a lot to them," Soufan added.

Although al-Qaida and terror group ISIS are currently considered in competition with one another for resources and manpower, terrorism analyst Peter Bergen has warned that if the two groups were to align themselves with one another, it could be a dangerous combination.

"As ISIS gets smaller, for ISIS it actually might be a good idea to ally with al-Qaida, which is now a pretty big organization in Syria," Bergen said. "And unfortunately, that would be a pretty lethal combination."

For Bergen, the newly released video featuring Hamza shows the young terrorist leader "stepping up to the plate as a new face of al-Qaida."

Sources: CNN, Independent via Yahoo, The Week / Photo credit: U.S. Army/Flickr

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