The UN’s Daesh and Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee has added the name of Hamza Osama Bin Laden, born in Jeddah on May 9, 1989, to the list of individuals subject to its assets freeze and travel ban. The current leader of Al-Qaeda Ayman Al-Zawahiri presented Hamza in August 2015 as an official member of Al-Qaeda and described him as his most probable successor. On the same day, the State Department issued a statement describing Hamza as a political leader in the terrorist organization, founded by his father. The statement said Hamza’s name was put on the US blacklist of global terrorists. The steps the Kingdom has taken will enhance international efforts to arrest him because he was raised, since he was a child, to follow in his infamous father’s footsteps. He accompanied his father before September 11, 2001 and learned how to shoot weapons.
A report by the Combatting Terrorism Center of the US Military Academy, West Point, said Hamza is being groomed for a leadership role in the organization founded by his father and he has become the most likely candidate to reunite the global jihadi movement.
In fact, Hamza Bin Laden has called upon jihadists around the world to strike from Kabul to Baghdad and from Gaza to Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv. He is dangerous because he leads Ansar Al-Furqan, a militant group that recruits the most militant and extremist fighters of Al-Qaeda and Daesh and sends them to Syria. Daesh has been on its last legs in Syria, its last strongholds, and its members must be searching for new leadership. The Academy’s report concluded that there were reasonable grounds to believe that Hamza could be the next leader.
There is no doubt that Hamza will serve the malicious interests of the mullah’s regime and Qatari financing, which is given to extreme and narrow-minded persons in all terrorist organizations, foremost among them the Muslim Brotherhood, the founder of Al-Qaeda and Daesh.
The Saudi, US and UN steps taken with regard to Hamza Bin Laden make it clear that they are determined to prevent the return of the terrorist attacks carried out by Al-Qadea from the end of the 1970s to the beginning of the new millennium, attacks that appalled the world, especially the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. It is hoped that more states will join the 41-state Islamic military coalition, led by the Kingdom, fighting terrorism.
All states should give more support to the international coalition fighting Daesh, which is led by the United States to root out terrorism. It must be stressed that Hamza was raised in Iran, thanks to the coordination between his father and Iran, and that Iran has been waiting for the right opportunity to recruit Daesh and Al-Qaeda members who fled from the areas where they lost battles in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran wants to use them to ensure the continuity of nonstop bloody terrorism, financed openly by Qatar, a state that finances all takfiri, extremist and terrorist groups.
This requires larger and more united international blocks that can ensure a more secure, prosperous and safer world where all peoples live in peace and harmony. Saudis should be proud that their country is at the forefront of the states working to achieve this goal through the sacrifices of its men and the use of state-of-the-art technology. Many states have testified to this fact.
Jameel Al Theyabi is a Saudi writer. Follow him on Twitter: @JameelAlTheyabi
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