Bin Laden was grooming son as heir to jihadist empire

Hamza, a son Osama bin Laden, recites a poem in this image taken from al-Jazeera on November 7, 2001Hamza trained with explosives and embraced the terror network that killed 3,000 Americans in the September 11, 2001 attacks. More than 100 newly declassified documents were provided to AFP by the Central Intelligence Agency, including two letters to Bin Laden from his son and one from Hamza’s mother imploring that he follow in his “father’s footsteps.” They included Al-Qaeda correspondence noting the eagerness of Hamza, believed to have engaged in terror raids when he was a teen and propaganda videos at a younger age, to return to his father’s inner circle.

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