The U.S. government is offering up to $1 million to whomever can give information about the whereabouts or identity of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza.With ISIS’ decline, al-Qaida is aiming to establishing itself as the “vanguard” of the global jihadist movement, with Hamza bin Laden emerging as the leader, said Nathan Sales, a counterterrorism coordinator, in a Thursday evening news conference.Here are five things to know about the deceased al-Qaida leader’s son, Hamza bin Laden:He wants to avenge his father’s death
In this photo made available on March 19, 2004, Osama bin Laden is seen at a news conference in Khost, Afghanistan, in 1998.
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After American soldiers stormed the Abbottabad compound in Pakistan and killed his father in May 2011, Hamza threatened vengeful attacks against the U.S. In a video by As-Sahab, an al-Qaida propaganda outlet, Hamza says, “If you think that your sinful crime that you committed in Abbottabad has passed without punishment, then you thought wrong.”“What is correct is coming to you, and its punishment is severe,” the Long War Journal reported Hamza saying.New leader of al-Qaida
An undated graphic released by the CIA of Hamza bin Laden at his wedding. His age is unknown in this image.
From documents obtained by U.S. intelligence at Osama bin Laden’s safety house, it was discovered that the older bin Laden was grooming his son to replace him as leader of al-Qaida.A family of terrorHamza married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker and mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers, the State Department said. Her name is unknown and the Long War Journal reports that the marriage to Atta’s daughter is uncertain. Other reports have said Hamza is known to have married the daughter of Abu Mohammed al-Masri, a senior al Qaida military leader.A designated terrorist
This wanted poster released by the U.S. Department of State Rewards for Justice program shows Hamza bin Laden.
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In January 2017, the Department of State designated Hamza bin Laden as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. The government froze all of his assets in the U.S. and Americans are prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.Calls for attacksHamza has released audio and video messages on the internet, calling on his followers to launch attacks against the United States and its Western allies. Below is a clip from As-Sahab where Hamza bin Laden allegedly gives advice for “martyrdom-seekers.”