Al Qaeda Global Tracker
The al Qaeda File provides analysis and assessments of major developments related to the al Qaeda network.
The reported death of Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, removes a potentially influential figure from al Qaeda’s senior leadership but does not end the threat posed by the organization. Al Qaeda developed Hamza’s profile as a leading al Qaeda figure beginning in 2015 in an attempt to leverage his father’s legacy. However, Hamza was not likely to succeed al Qaeda Emir Ayman al Zawahiri.
Katherine Zimmerman, “Al Qaeda’s Strengthening in the Shadows,” testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, July 13, 2017, https://www.criticalthreats.org/analysis/testimony-al-qaedas-strengthening-in-the-shadows.
Colin Neafsey, “Hamza bin Laden’s Rise in al Qaeda,” Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute,” November 22, 2017, https://www.criticalthreats.org/analysis/hamza-bin-ladens-rise-in-al-qaeda.