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Saudi Arabia and U.S. tighten screws on son of Osama bin Laden

By Jay Jackson, China News.Net
02 Mar 2019, 03:24 GMT+10

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Saudi authorities have revoked the citizenship of Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The revocation was ordered by royal decree in November and subsequently approved by the Interior ministry. The decree was gazetted on 22 February. Hamza bin Laden has now been removed from "official records," and from all accounts now has no citizenship with any country.

Pressure on bin Laden has accelerated in the past week. Co-inciding with his loss of citizenship, the U.S. State Departrment has announced a $1 million reward for information leading to his identification or location, wherever it may be in the world.

Bin Laden was among his father's ranks in Afghanistan leading up to the September 11 attacks.

It is also understood he spent time with his father at his father's hideout in Pakistan.

He surfaced in an audio message in 2015.

In 2017 the state department designated him as a 'global terrorist,' after he called for attacks on Western cities, and said he would avenge his father's death.

Osama bin Laden was executed by U.S. Navy Seals in a lightning raid on his compound in Pakistan in 2011.

He was held responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, prompting an invasion of Afghanistan to capture and kill him, and eradicate al-Qaeda. He however was able to evade capture for ten years, and al-Qaeda has survived to this day.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the September 11 attacks, comprising citizens of 77 different nationalities. The attacks also lead to the invasion of Iraq, although late in the planning it was conceded the country had nothing to do with bin Laden or the September 11 attacks.

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