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Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden whom some considered the possible heir to the al-Qaeda terrorist network, was killed in a U.S. counterterror operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, President Trump said Saturday — an announcement that comes more than a month after officials suggested he was killed.
Osama bin Laden’s son was “responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups,” President Trump said in a statement released by the White House. His death is a blow to al-Qaeda’s leadership acumen, Trump said, and symbolic given the connection to his father, who was killed in a Navy SEAL raid on his Pakistani refuge in 2011.
Hamza’s death could have significant influence on al-Qaeda’s future. Unifying and young, and carrying the name of terrorist royalty, bin Laden lent his voice and face in messages calling for attacks worldwide. But relatively little is known about the 9/11 mastermind’s youngest son — not even his formal role in al-Qaeda or his age, which is believed to be around 30.
Some analysts say his role in al-Qaeda was overstated, with little evidence Hamza was particularly influential or on track to take the reins of the entire operation, said Peter Bergen, a vice president focused on international security at New America, a Washington think tank.
“Other than the president’s statement claiming an operational role, I have never seen any evidence of [Hamza] being involved in operations besides releasing audio and video tapes calling for violence,” Bergen told The Washington Post on Saturday…