Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden, has publicly called on the Saudi people to join global jihad around the world with the aim of overthrowing the monarchy end the US influence over the kingdom.
In a new recording released on Wednesday, Osama’s son called on the Saudi youth to join his Yemen-based brothers in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and “gain the necessary experience” in waging “intifada” to rid the country from the Saudi Royal family.
The undated audio message is Hamza bin Laden’s fourth speech since August 2015, as he tries to assert his influence over the global terrorist network. While Al-Qaeda has been headed by Ayman Al Zawahri since 2011, experts believe that Hamza is aiming for the top terrorist position.
Furthermore, the resurgence the ‘heir’ comes amid bitter rivalry among the notorious jihadist groups. Al-Qaida’s Syria affiliate Al-Nusra Front is a rival of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), which itself is a former Al-Qaeda offshoot whose leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared an Islamic caliphate across Iraq and Syria.
After he urged an uprising against the Saudi monarchy, Hamza went on to focus on global jihad issues, touching on the need to continue resistance in Palestine and Syria, as part of “an ongoing effort to unify and head the movement,” SITE’s Director Rita Katz said on Twitter.
The director also noted that Al-Qaeda is increasing its outreach methods to go head-to-head against IS in terms of a recruitment drive, noting that this year Zawahiri managed to send out 10 messages in addition to three made by Hamza in 2016.
Just last month, the son of the former Al-Qaeda head released a video vowing revenge against the United States at home and abroad in response to Washington’s policies in Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Somalia.
Hamza is believed to have been born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1991. Three years after his birth, Saudi authorities stripped Osama bin Laden of his citizenship after he issued fatwas, a ruling on a point of Islamic law, denouncing both the Saudi royal family and the United States.