The number of fighters loyal to Al Qaeda is believed to stand at at least 40,000. Last year, Al Qaeda executed more than 315 attacks worldwide, according to The Armed Conflict Location & Data Project (ACLED). Its branches now range from the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Egypt to Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) in Mali and West Africa, and Hayat Tahir al-Sham (HTS) in Syria. While the latter claimed in August 2016 to have cut ties with the extremist outfit, the U.S. State Department deems it all much of the same.
BOLO: Al-Qaeda Boss Hamza bin Laden Vows Revenge on U.S. for Death of Dad Osama bin Laden, Son Osama bin Hamza bin Laden and his Brother Khalid bin Laden. In a 21-minute video entitled We Are All Osama, Hamza bin Laden says he will "continue striking and targeting" the US both at home and abroad "in response to the oppression of the people of Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Muslim lands that did not survive your oppression".
In 2005, Hamza bin Laden was identified in a video called "The Mujahideen of Waziristan," which showed an al-Qaida assault on Pakistani security forces in North Waziristan. He was 16 at the time. “If you think that your sinful crime that you committed in Abbottabad has passed without punishment, then you thought wrong,” Hamza bin Laden said in his first audio recording. In an audio message announcing his membership of the Al-Qaeda group in 2015, Hamza bin Laden called for acts of terrorism in western capitals. Rewards for Justice Program Wanted Dead or Alive Hamza bin Laden Son of Osama $1 Million Bounty. NY POST He’s Osama bin Laden’s son, the husband of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta’s daughter — and now Public Enemy No. 1 to the State Department, which just put a $1 million bounty on him.
Hamza Bin Laden provides a younger voice for al Qaeda — whose aging leaders have struggled to inspire militants around the world galvanized by ISIS. "We do believe that Hamza bin Laden is probably in the Afghan-Pakistan border and ... he'll cross into Iran. But he could be anywhere though in ... south central Asia," the BBC quoted Michael Evanoff, assistant US secretary for diplomatic security, as saying. “I should say that al-Qaeda…. has undergone a certain resurgence as a result of the degradation of Daesh and it is a force that should also be taken very seriously” United Kingdom MI6 Chief Alex Younger said.
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