By Manoj Rijal, NEW YORK, (ANS): The U.S. Department of State has declared Hamza bin Laden, a 27-year-old son of former al-Qaida chieftain Osama bin Laden as a terrorist.
In an announcement on Thursday, the Department of State has designated Hamza bin Laden as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of the Executive Order 13224.
The Order imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed or pose a serious risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the U.S.
“As a result of this designation, all property subject to U.S. jurisdiction in which Hamza bin Laden has any interest is blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him,” the announcement said.
On August 14, 2015 Hamza bin Laden was named by al-Qaida senior leader Ayman al-Zawahiri as an official member of the group. In a 2015 audio message from al-Zawahiri, bin Laden called for acts of terrorism in western capitals.
On July 9, 2016, al-Qaida issued another audio message from Hamza bin Laden threatening revenge against the U.S. and warned Americans that they would be targeted in the U.S. and abroad. Specifically, in 2015, bin Laden called for lone offender attacks against the U.S., French, and Israeli interests in Washington DC (USA), Paris (France), and Tel Aviv (Israel).
Additionally, in 2016, bin Laden called on Saudi Arabian-based tribes to unite with al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen to wage a war against Saudi Arabia.
Along with Hamza bin Laden, the U.S. Department of State has declared Ibrahim al-Banna as a terrorist of SDGT category under the same Executive Order No. 13224.
Ibrahim al-Banna, 51, is a long-time member of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leadership and has worked as AQAP security chief providing military and security guidance to the AQAP.
A 2010 edition of AQAP’s English online magazine, Inspire, contained an article by al-Banna describing the 9/11 attack as virtuous and threatened to target Americans both domestically and elsewhere, in response to the U.S. actions overseas.
Prior to his membership with AQAP, al-Banna, an Egyptian, was a leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Yemen from 1996 to 1998 and subsequently was in charge of the training and intelligence sectors for the group. Al-Banna is also subject to a U.S. government reward of up to $5 million.
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