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London- Fully prepared and prompted, one of Osama bin Laden’s sons announced his readiness to inherit al-Qaeda’s leadship – replacing his father, the ever so notorious terrorist.

Hamza bin Laden stated his intentions on uniting all of the terrorist organization’s off-shoots subduing them all under his control.

The son was reportedly killed five years ago by a U.S. special operation’s raid in Pakistan. However, in a recently broadcast recording, he reappeared on stand by and making threats along with al-Qaeda’s current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

However, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper was unable to verify the credibility of the recording.

As for the footage’s content, Hamza bin Laden extolled the stabbing incidents Palestinian activists have been committing in Jerusalem.

When speaking on Syria, he referred to it as the unsurpassed battlefield for “Jihad” and reminded that the alleged al-Qaeda undertaking on freeing Palestine is now closer than ever, by the virtue of the Syrian crisis.

Both Hamza bin Laden and al-Zawahiri, declared to have arranged future plans for al-Qaeda, which include the formation of a massive army missioned to supposedly “free Jerusalem.”

CNN remarked on the video to be the second one made within a year, and serves as an indicative to al-Qaeda’s terrorist plans for unifying and establishing a new generation of followers.

Hamza bin Laden, if proven alive, is assumed to be in his early 20s, and would be singled out the youngest among other al-Qaeda leaders whose age range between their 50s and 60s.

The American basic cable and satellite television channel, CNN, also believes that the young bin Laden had been trained during the last five years he was believed dead.

The son was evidently schooled to take on his father’s place, leading the organization.

CNN also reported that Hamza bin Laden was not at his father’s compound at the time of the raid by American special forces in 2011. Papers found at the compound show that Hamza had been sent off for terrorist training.

But it remains unclear whether Hamza bin Laden is set to play an operational role, such as in planning terrorist attacks, or whether his role is primarily focused on al-Qaeda’s propaganda function.

Bringing Hamza bin Laden back into public view, according to another U.S. intelligence official, “appears to be an attempt by al-Qaeda to fill gaps in its ever-dwindling bench.”

While al-Qaeda’s subsidiary off-shoots have been booming in Yemen, Syria, and North Africa, al-Qaeda’s parent organization in Pakistan has lost a number of top leaders, many of them killed by American raids.

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