CIA releases video of Osama Bin Laden’s son Hamza; ISIS down and out, al-Qaeda set to rise again?

By: | Published: November 2, 2017 3:15 PM

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has released the video of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan which offers the first glimpse of his son, Hamza, as an adult. This video was released as part of a trove of material found at Osama bin Laden's compound.

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has released the video of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan which offers the first glimpse of his son, Hamza, as an adult. This video was released as part of a trove of material found at Osama bin Laden’s compound. The video shows Hamza bin Laden on his wedding day. Until now, the public has only seen childhood pictures of him. However, in this video which was shared by news agency AP on its Twitter handle, doesn’t feature Osama Bin Laden himself. However, a man notes that the “father of the groom, the prince of the mujahedeen” is overjoyed about his son’s marriage, and his happiness will “spread to all the mujahedeen.”

Hamza bin Laden is seen by many as a potential successor to his father and is expected to rise to prominence in the jihadist movement. He is being closely watched as the rival Islamic State group suffers setbacks in the Middle East. This video comes just one day after documents revealed that Osama bin Laden closely followed developments in Kashmir and the trial of Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley in the 2008 Mumbai attack case.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) yesterday released 470,000 additional files seized in May 2011 when US Navy SEALs burst into the Abbottabad compound and shot dead Laden. The agency had found an Indian Express article titled ‘Omar Sheikh’s Pak handler Ilyas Kashmiri also handled Headley’ was found from the computer of Laden in Abbottabad. The article was dated November 16, 2009.

While releasing these documents, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the release of recovered al-Qaeda letters, videos, audio files and other materials provides the opportunity for the American people to gain further insights into the plans and workings of the terrorist organisation. These files were put online by CIA after the direction of the US President Donald Trump. However, the CIA withheld release of nearly two dozen videos, including the one titled ‘The Story of India’ stating that they were copyrighted videos, according to a report by PTI.

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