first published on September 16, 2019 by Will
The White House confirmed over the weekend that Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, was assassinated by the US, but the details of the targeted killing are few and far between.
According to Military Times, it is believed that the CIA carried out the killing, but gave no specifics on the where and when or how the kill was confirmed. It is thought that he was killed in the Afghanistan-Pakistan (Waziristan?) region some time in the last year-and-a-half, but due to the secretive nature of how al Qaeda operates, the completion of the assassination was only recently confirmed with certainty by US intelligence officials.
Hamza bin Laden was an emerging leader and spokesman of al Qaeda, with significant influence and stature earned through his his father’s international jihad. He made the “specially designated global terrorist” list in January 2017, and there was a $1 million bounty on his head.
The White House statement claimed the killing of bin Laden “deprives al-Qaida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father … undermines important operational activities of the group.”