Ex-FBI agent: Bin Laden s son wants to avenge father
Personal letters seized in the raid that killed former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden revealed that his son wants to carry on his murderous ideology and is bent on avenging his dad s death according to a former FBI agent.
That son today is poised to lead a stronger larger Al Qaeda Ali Soufan who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation s probe of the terror group after the September 11 2001 attacks told CBS News in an interview.
Soufan described a letter from the son Hamza that was collected in the raid and now declassified.
He tells Osama (in the letter) that he remembers every look...every smile you gave me every word you told me .
Hamza would be about 28 now and wrote the letter when he was 22 and had not seen his father in several years.
Hamza also wrote this: I consider myself to be forged in steel. The path of jihad for the sake of God is what we live.
Hamza s potential as a leader was recognised years ago when he was still a boy says Soufan.
The child was used in propaganda videos sometimes holding a gun.
He was a poster kid for the Al Qaeda and for members of Al Qaeda who were indoctrinated with these propaganda videos he means a lot to them Soufan told CBS News.
The US has named Hamza a specially designated global terrorist -- the same classification his father once held.
He even sounds like his father says Soufan.
His recent message that came out he delivered the speech as if it s his father...using sentences terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden.
Hamza has recorded four audio messages in the last two years.
Soufan believes Hamza can inspire and unite the jihadi movement adding Al Qaeda is stronger than ever. I don t believe even bin Laden in his wildest dreams thought that he will have followers who command armies troops lands.
Osama Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad Pakistan on May 2 2011 by US Navy SEAL Team Six.
Following his death dozens of letters written by him to his family and senior members of Al Qaeda were released.