Osama bin Laden’s son posts audio message online

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Edited by Nelly Tawil

23-year-old Hamza, son of Osama bin Ladin has urged jihadists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the divided country paves the way to “liberating Palestine.”

“The Islamic umma (nation) should focus on jihad in Al-Sham (Syria)… and united the ranks of mujahedeen there,” said the son of Al-Qaeda’s late founder in an audio message posted online.

“There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilized against Muslims,” he said.

Despite the continued rejection of the rival Islamic State (IS) group and its declared caliphate, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri continues to push jihadists in Syria to unite.

“The matter of unity today is one of life and death,”
Zawahiri said in an audio message posted online on Saturday.

“Either you unite to live as Muslims with dignity, or you bicker and separate and so are eaten one by one,” he said, according to SITE Intelligence monitoring group.

Bin Laden’s son said Syria is the “best battlefield” leading to “liberating Al-Quds,” the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

“The road to liberating Palestine is today much shorter compared to before the blessed Syrian revolution,” he said.

Hamza was the most favored son of Osama bin Ladin and, according to US intelligence, was said to be the next in line to inherit the title of Al-Qaeda’s leader.