Saudi Arabia strips citizenship of Osama bin Laden’s son

Saudi Arabia announced Friday to have stripped the citizenship of late Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden without providing any explanation.

A day before the US government offered $1 million reward for information about Hamza bin Laden and he could be captured. On the same day, Thursday, United Nationsl Security Council terrorism sanctions list.

Hamza bin Laden was born in 1989, after al-Qaeda was founded, and he has seen establishment of the outfit as well as launch of war against America and the West.

1989 is the year when Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan and father Osama became a known figure then among the mujahideen fighters.

Osama returned to Saudi Arabia and thereafter fled to Sudan with criticizm to the Kingdom over permission granted for the deployment of US troops during the 1991 Gulf War. He later fled to Afghanistan and declared war against the US.

He oversaw the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. He plotted and executed the 9/11 attacks on New York and Pentagons. In 2011 US Navy SEALs killed him raiding a house in Pakistan’s Abbotabad.

Believed to be now in his early 30s, the prominence of Hamza has grown in recent years and he is being considered as the most probably successor of Osama bin Laden.

Paul Linus