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      https://www.yahoo.com/news/al-qaeda-figurehead-hamza-bin-100831169.html

      Al-Qaeda’s apparent figurehead, Hamza Bin Laden, has mourned the death of his eldest son, Osama, who was the grandson of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden, in a new letter that lauded his “martyrdom.”

      The letter, published by Al-Qaeda’s propaganda arm the Global Islamic Media Front, released an image of a young Osama, titling the release “Letter From Sheikh Mujahid Hamza Bin Laden,” and saying that it was addressed to the Bin Laden family.

      “We console ourselves and you on the martyrdom on the hero cub… the grandson of bravery… our son Osama, may Allah have mercy on him,” Hamza, believed to be in his 20s, wrote in the letter published on Twitter by cyber-monitoring company Jihadoscope.

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      The heir apparent to Osama Bin Laden goes on to say that his eldest son was of a “young age,” although the precise details are not provided.

      The cause of his death is not given, but there is no mention of an operation, clashes or a drone strike. The U.S. military is conducting targeted air operations against Al-Qaeda operatives. Saudi-owned outlet Al-Arabiya cited sources as saying the child was 12 years old, and speculated that he had died of an illness.

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      A picture taken from Al Jazeera television purportedly shows Hamza bin Laden, one of the sons of Osama bin Laden, seated between two Taliban fighters near Ghazni, Afghanistan. Reuters/Al-Jazeera TV

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      Hamza writes in the letter that Osama had frequently play-acted scenes of martyrdom while playing with other children. The location of Osama’s home country remains unknown.

      Referring to his own father, formerly the world’s most-wanted terrorist for his role in the plane hijackings that killed almost 3,000 people in New York City, Hamza said that his son was “sad to a point we did not expect,” finding him in the corner of their residence crying.

      Jihadi groups often elevate events and issue emotive language and scenes in their propaganda that may not reflect reality, in order to impact supporters and potential new recruits.

      In recent years, Al-Qaeda has started to use Hamza Bin Laden as a figurehead for its propaganda, appearing to capitalize on the brand of his infamous last name to combat the rise in popularity of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). In releases, he has called on Muslims around the world to avenge his father’s death and to attack American interests.

      Bin Laden is already designated by the United States as a “global terrorist,” and the CIA last year released footage of him as an adult, captured in the 2011 U.S. raid on his father’s safe house in Abbottabad, northeastern Pakistan, that left the jihadi leader dead.

      Hamza is believed to have grown up in Sudan and Afghanistan with his father and stayed with Al-Qaeda’s senior leadership while Osama went into hiding after the 9/11 attacks.

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      https://nypost.com/2018/01/03/namesake-grandson-of-osama-bin-laden-is-dead/

      Namesake grandson of Osama bin Laden is dead

      Osama bin Laden has died – this time the grandson and namesake of the notorious 9/11 mastermind, according to a report.

      Little Osama was being hailed for his “martyrdom” by his father Hamza, the heir apparent to the al Qaeda leader, Newsweek reported.

      A letter published by al-Qaeda’s propaganda arm, the Global Islamic Media Front, released an image of a young Osama, titling the release “Letter From Sheikh Mujahid Hamza Bin Laden,” according to the mag.

      “We console ourselves and you on the martyrdom on the hero cub… the grandson of bravery… our son Osama, may Allah have mercy on him,” Hamza wrote in the letter published on Twitter by cyber-monitoring company Jihadoscope.

      The dad, believed to be about 28 years old, said his eldest son was of a “young age,” though he did not provide details, including the cause of death.

      The Saudi-owned outlet Al-Arabiya, which speculated that the boy died of an illness, cited sources as saying he was 12 years old.

      Hamza wrote in the letter that Osama had frequently play-acted scenes of martyrdom while playing with other kids.

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      Referring to his own father’s death, Hamza said his son was “sad to a point we did not expect,” finding him crying in the corner of their home.

      In recent years, al Qaeda has begun using Hamza as a figurehead for its propaganda, appearing to capitalize on his infamous last name to combat the rise in popularity of ISIS.

      He has called on Muslims around the world to avenge his father’s death at the hands of US Navy SEALs during a 2011 raid on his compound in Pakistan.

      Hamza – whom the US has designated a “global terrorist” — is believed to have grown up in Sudan and Afghanistan with his father and stayed with al Qaeda’s senior leadership while Osama went into hiding after the 9/11 attacks.

      In November, Hamza was seen at his wedding in a home video that SEALs seized from his father’s Abbottabad compound.

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