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Published On: Fri, Jan 6th, 2017

US Designated Osama Bin Laden’s Son Hamza A Special Designated Global Terrorist

nsnbc : The U.S. State Department (DoS) announced that the United States has designated Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama bin Laden, as a special designated global terrorist.

hamza-bin-laden_osama-bin-laden_usa_afghanistan_2016The DoS, on Thursday issued a statement, announcing:

“The Department of State has designated Hamza bin Laden as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a result of this designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Hamza bin Laden has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.”

The DoS’s was reportedly based on a statements by senior Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2015 – and 2016 in which he announced that Hamza bin Laden had officially become part of Al-Qaeda’s leadership.

The statement added that: “In this 2015 audio message from al-Zawahiri, bin Laden called for acts of terrorism in western capitals. On July 9, 2016, al-Qaeda issued another audio message from Hamza bin Laden threatening revenge against the United States and warned Americans they would be targeted in the United States and abroad.”

The State Department noted: “Specifically, in 2015, bin Laden called for lone offender attacks against U.S., French, and Israeli interests in Washington, D.C.; Paris, France; and Tel Aviv, Israel. Additionally, in 2016, bin Laden called on Saudi Arabian-based tribes to unite with al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen to wage war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

CH/L – nsnbc 06.01.2016

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