Hamza bin Laden ‘Al Qaeda’s most charismatic figure’
The favorite son of Al Qaeda founder Usama bin Laden and the heir being groomed for the leadership role, Hamza bin Laden, is believed to have died under circumstances shrouded in secrecy.
President Trump and U.S. officials have declined to comment on Hamza’s death, and officials have not yet elaborated on where, where or how he was killed and what role the U.S. played in taking him out.
But it is something of a win in the protracted war against terrorism, analysts say.
“This is a big brand hit for extremists. Bin Laden’s son was heir to the throne. Even if he didn’t exercise operational control, his name and those actions requested to be carried out in his name carries weight in amongst those who were drawn to Al Qaeda by his father,” Brett Bruen, former White House director of global engagement and president of crusts communications firm Global Situation Room, Inc., told Fox News. “There may be others who take on leadership roles. It will be a long time, if ever, we see someone who can legitimately claim the legacy of a near-mythical figure like Bin Laden. For those engaged in the long fight against extremism, this is a significant symbolic victory.”