Personal letters written by the son of Osama bin Laden have been revealed and tell an unnerving story of how Hamza bin Laden wants to continue his father’s murderous legacy. The letters, which were seized in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, show that the son adores his father and wants to make him proud by continuing his bloodthirsty jihadist movement.
“He tells him that…he remembers ‘every look…every smile you gave me, every word you told me,'” says Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was the bureau’s lead investigator of al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks, of the letter. “I consider myself to be forged in steel. The path of jihad for the sake of God is what we live.”
Hamza was approximately 22-years-old when he wrote the letter. Hamza was a member of Al Qaeda when he was a boy, appearing in propaganda videos with him holding a gun and earning him the title of “Al Qaeda’s poster child.” Now about 28-years-old, Hamza is poised to become the next leader of Al Qaeda.
Hamza even sounds like his father says Soufan, “His recent message that came out, he delivered the speech as if it’s his father, using sentences, terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden.”
Hamza, who has be named as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the U.S., has recorded four audio messages in the last two years and threatened Americans and Jews.
“He’s basically saying, ‘American people, we’re coming and you’re going to feel it,” Soufan said. “And we’re going to take revenge for what you did to my father. The whole thing was about vengeance.”
Hamza calls on lone wolf attacks to “avenge the children of Syria, the widows of Palestine, the free honorable women of Iraq, and “the orphans of Afghanistan.”
Hamza, who is one of 20 to 26 children that Osama bin Laden fathered with his many wives, is hell-bent on violently avenging his father’s death by any means necessary.
“Be perfect in your choice of targets, so that you may damage your enemies more,” Hamza advises. “Be professional in your choice of weapons. It is not necessary that it should be a military tool. If you are able to pick a firearm, well and good; if not, the options are many.”
“Next, look out for Jewish interests everywhere.” But if you can’t find any then you should “target American Crusaders.”
“If you are unable to go for American Crusaders, target the interests of the Crusader member states of NATO,” Hamza continues. “And since Russia has forgotten what it tasted in Chechnya and Afghanistan, and has returned once again to interfere in matters concerning Islam, do not exclude it from your targets of priority. Give Russia a pertinent reminder of the days of your predecessors.”
Al Qaeda can be found in a dozen countries and have an estimated 20,000 followers in war-torn Syria.
“Al Qaeda is stronger than ever. I don’t believe even bin Laden in his wildest dreams thought that he will have followers who command armies, troops…lands…,” Soufan says.
The entire interview with the ex-FBI agent will be on the next edition of “60 Minutes” Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
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