Peoples Digest Online – The claims were made in a forthcoming episode of US news show 60 Minutes which examines the letters found at Osama bin Laden’s compound when he was killed by US Navy Seals in 2011. Among the messages, which have now been declassified, is a note from Hamza – now believed to be around 28 – to his father in which he commits himself to the terrorist’s cause.
According to Ali Soufan, the ex-FBI agent, the letter said: “Every look… every smile you gave me, every word you told me. I consider myself to be forged in steel.
“The path of jihad for the sake of God is what we live [for].”
Hamza was 22 at the time the letter was written and has been touted by some security experts as a future leader of al-Qaida – the terror group his father once led. Mr Soufan was the bureau’s lead investigator on al-Qaida after the 9/11 attacks and said plans for Hamza to take control were first formulated when he was a child and used to appear in propaganda videos.
He said: “He was a poster kid for al-Qaida… and for members of al-Qaida, who were indoctrinated with these propaganda videos, he means a lot to them.”
A video has resurfaced of Osama bin Laden’s young child where he encourages jihadi militants to come together to form a huge terrorist army.
And in January, he was anointed the Crown Prince of Terror and was added to the US terror black list.
In 2015, al-Qaida released an audio message of Hamza calling for terrorist attacks in London, Washington and Paris.
Hamza has released four messages calling for attacks against the West in the last two years.
Mr Soufan added: “He’s basically saying, ‘American people, we’re coming and you’re going to feel it.
“And we’re going to take revenge for what you did to my father… Iraq… Afghanistan.’ The whole thing was about vengeance.”
Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2 in 2011 during an operation carried out by US Navy Seal Team Six.
Several documents were recovered during a search of the compound with dozens of letters written by him to his family and senior members of al-Qaida now released to the public.