President Donald Trump confirmed that Al Qaeda terrorist Hamza bin Laden — the son of former Al Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden — has been killed.
The hit was confirmed three days after the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
(Source: Fox News)
In a statement this morning from the White House, Trump said Hamza “was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”
The statement continued: “The loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives Al Qaeda of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father but undermines important operational activities of the group. Hamza bin Laden was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.”
No details of the military operation were provided. It’s unclear when the hit occurred.
Brett Bruen is a former U.S. diplomat who was once the White House director of global engagements. He said killing Hamza bin Laden is a huge symbolic victory that would be instrumental in dismantling Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
It is partly because Al Qaeda continues to threaten Afghani citizens in the region that U.S. soldiers have remained stationed there for almost two decades.
“Bin Laden’s son was heir to the throne,” Bruen told Fox News last month. “Even if he didn’t exercise operational control, his name and those actions requested to be carried out in his name carries weight in amongst those who were drawn to Al Qaeda by his father.”
Bruen added: “There may be others who take on leadership roles. It will be a long time, if ever, we see someone who can legitimately claim the legacy of a near-mythical figure like bin Laden. For those engaged in the long fight against extremism, this is a significant symbolic victory.”
Hamza bin Laden’s death comes as President Trump is trying to withdraw thousands of American soldiers from Afghanistan.
The United States has spent $975 billion and lost more than 7,000 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan during an ugly 20-year war.
The bloody, expensive war has done nothing for Americans.
The cost of the war in Afghanistan has rocketed since 2011, especially under Barack Obama’s presidency, according to Statista. Reminder: Obama was comically awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
“Costs reached their highest level in 2011 at $107 billion, the same year Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan. Since then, troop levels and costs have both fallen significantly as U.S. troops shifted towards training the Afghan military.”
“The war still cost $52 billion in 2018 and it’s expected to cost the same amount this year.”
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