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US announces reward of one million dollar on this son of Osama

Concerned at spread of terrorism across the world, the United States on Thursday offered a $1 million reward for information on a son of late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The US obviously views him as an emerging face of extremism.

The location of Hamza bin Laden, sometimes dubbed the “crown prince of jihad,” has been the subject of speculation for years with reports of him living in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria or under house arrest in Iran.

Bin Laden, who according to the United States is around 30, has threatened attacks against the United States to avenge the 2011 killing of his father, who was living in hiding in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, by US special forces.

US intelligence agencies increasingly see the younger bin Laden as a successor to his father for the mantle of global jihad, especially as the even more extreme ISIS group is down to its last sliver of land in Syria.

In 2015, bin Laden released an audio message urging terrorists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to “liberating Palestine.”

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