Thursday, February 07, 2008

OBL's successor named: His 16 yo son, Hamza

Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's youngest son Hamza is being groomed to take over from his father as leader of the terror network, says former Islamist Yemeni militant, Muhammad Sayd.

"Young Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama, has been chosen to lead the al-Qaeda organisation in the future," said Sayd, who has been close to the al-Qaeda leader in the past. "I have met Hamza several times and the last time was 20 days before the '9/11' attacks. He is a very religious boy, he learnt the Koran by heart at a young age and has been educated in Jihad (Holy War)," Sayd told Al-Arabiya, the Saudi-backed based in the United Arab Emirates.

"When I met him, he already knew who to used light weapons and how to escape from guerrilla attacks," Sayd said, adding that Hamza writes poetry.

Hamza is well placed to take over his father's job in the future, Sayd said."He is the only son by Osama' s Saudi wife, and has always had a different education from the other children," he said.

Sayd claimed Hamza is used to a spartan existence and is able to face the difficulties of such living conditions. "He loved the simple life, unlike his brother Omar, who decided to return to Saudi Arabia [the bin Ladens' homeland] and has now married an Englishwoman," he said. "I have also met Omar... he is different from his brother and never liked the spartan life. He chose to return home to Saudi Arabia to be with his uncles."

The alleged presence of another of bin Laden's sons, 28-year-old Saad in Afghanistan is no obstacle to the succession of Hamza, according to Sayd, who claims Saad has never been considered his father's heir to al-Qaeda. Hamza's name has been in the news in recent days, after Britain's Sunday Times newspaper published excerpts from slain Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's memoirs in which she accused him of being one of the people who were seeking to assassinate her.

Omar bin Laden and his second bride. Nuff said.