Hamza, who is in his mid-twenties, has become active as an al Qaeda propagandist since his father’s death at the hands of US special forces on May 2, 2011. According to letters found in the Navy SEAL raid on Osama’s hideout, Hamza wrote to the al Qaeda leader asking to be trained to follow him.
A CIA analyst who examined the letters told AFP that, in July 2009, when Hamza wrote to his father’s Abbottabad hideout, they had not seen each other for eight years. But the elder bin Laden was making plans to send for his son, who was at the time under house arrest in Iran , and planned to groom him to become al Qaeda’s leader.
The State Department order names Hamza bin Laden as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ and freezes any assets he may hold in areas under US jurisdiction. The department also designated Ibrahim al Banna, whom it described as a senior leader in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).