President Trump confirmed today that Hamza Bin Ladin, a high-ranking al-Qaeda member and son of Osama Bin Ladin, was killed "in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region."
Trump said the loss of Hamza Bin Ladin "deprives" the group of "important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father."
Hamza Bin Ladin was "responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups."
U.S. Military sources reported the death in July, but today the White House confirmed that Hamza has died.
ABC News reports that after his father's death, Hamza emerged as a "key leader" of al-Qaeda.
Tom Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that Hamza was "both the biological and ideological heir to his father."
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