- United States has declared Osama Bin Laden’s son as a ‘global terrorist’
- Bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden was added to the US counter-terrorism list on Thursday, January 5
- Hamza is a member of Al-Qaeda, a group founded by his father, Osama Bin Laden
According to Al Jazeera’s report, the United States has added the son of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to the US counter-terrorism blacklist, in a move that would keep him from accessing the US financial system.
On Thursday, January 5, the state and treasury departments announced that they had designated Hamza bin Laden a "global terrorist" who they said had "called for acts of terrorism in Western capitals".
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Hamza, born in 1991, has become active as a member of Al-Qaeda since his father's death at the hands of US special forces on May 2, 2011.
According to the US state department, After Osama's death, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian deputy leader of Al- Qaeda, became the leader of Al- Qaeda, but Hamza has also issued audio messages to supporters. He was officially named an Al-Qaeda member in 2015,.
In August 2015, Al-Qaeda released an audio message that it claimed had come from Hamza, in which he urged attacks on the US and its allies.
Osama bin Laden, founder of Al-Qaeda was the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US. He was killed by American special forces who raided his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Hamza was thought to be under house arrest in Iran at the time, and documents recovered from the compound indicated that aides had been trying to reunite him with his father.
According to letters found in the US raid on Osama's hideout in Pakistan, Hamza wrote to his Saudi-born father asking to be trained to follow him.
A report from Reuters news agency said that Bruce Reidel, an analyst with the Brookings Institution think-tank in Washington, has called Hamza the "new face for Al-Qaeda" and "an articulate and dangerous enemy."
The US also added Ibrahim Al-Banna, a senior member of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to the counter-terrorism blacklist.
The state department said that Al-Banna, who was born in Egypt, has described Al-Qaeda's 2001 attacks on New York and Washington as "virtuous" and threatened to target Americans in the United States and abroad.
Any property owned by the two men and subject to US jurisdiction may be frozen, and US citizens are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them, the state department said.
Meanwhile, a Muslim Somali-American woman has made history as US first legislator of African descent.
Omar, a Somali-born former refugee, was elected to serve in Minnesota's state house of representatives in tightly contested elections last year.
Born in Somalia in 1982, Omar and her family emigrated to the United States in 1995 after the start of civil war in Somali.
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