Mark Esper confirmed the information, reported last month by the US media, that Hamza bin Laden, a son of former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, is believed to have died. He did not give details of the operation.
US Defense Minister Mark Esper has confirmed the death of Hamza bin Laden, one of Osama Bin Laden’s sons, presented as his heir to al-Qaida , reported in late July by US media .
Asked about Hamza bin Laden’s death in an interview with Fox on August 21, Mark Esper refrained from giving details of the operation in which he was killed. “I do not have the details. And if I had them, I’m not sure I could share them with you, “said the new Pentagon chief, who took office at the end of July . When asked if he is dead, the Minister of Defense responds, “That’s my understanding.”
US media announced in late July that Hamza Bin Laden had been killed and that the United States had contributed to the operation to eliminate it. But his death had never been publicly confirmed.
Considered to be Osama Bin Laden’s favorite son – or even designated successor – the founder of the network behind the September 11, 2001 attacks , the 30-year-old was on the American blacklist of people accused of “terrorism” . Washington offered in February a reward of up to $ 1 million for any information to find it.
Hamza Bin Laden is often considered the “crown prince of jihad”. Documents, including letters revealed by AFP in May 2015, show that Osama Bin Laden intended him to succeed him as head of the global anti-Western jihad. Fifteenth of twenty children Osama Bin Laden, son of his third wife, he had been stripped of his Saudi nationality in March.