An expert who recently warned that jihad is defeating democracy in the West now says free nations need to prepare for a “comeback” from al-Qaida, the terror group that claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, says a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Abigail R. Esman, who recently authored “Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West,” reported at the Investigative Project of Terrorism that a “bin Laden heir” is instilling new “destructive” energy in the terror group.
The heir is Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden, who has been nicknamed the “Crown Prince of Terror.”
Esman reports Hamza “grew up with a fervor for jihad and a determination to follow in the footsteps of his notorious father.”
He “swore revenge” on the U.S. “in the name of his father,” the report noted.
Hamza has stated: “We will continue striking you and targeting you in your country and abroad in response to your oppression of the people of Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and the rest of the Muslim lands that did not survive your oppression.”
Hamza, the report said, has been “groomed to lead” from a young age.
“But unlike his father, who served as a kind of wise elder figure in inspiring recruits and followers of his jihad, Hamza has a different advantage: his youth, which makes him better suited to attract the kinds of younger jihadists and aspiring jihadists who have been more recently attracted to ISIS. He is, in fact, just two years older than your average jihadi recruit. He ‘gets’ social media. If al-Qaida has historically been credited for its planning expertise and ISIS for its recruitment, a Hamza bin Laden-led al-Qaida has the potential to excel at both.”
The report said the al-Qaida he is poised to lead is also different than his father’s organization, “having quietly strengthened itself in the shadows while the West focused its energies and intelligence on ISIS.”
“In addition, a Vox report points out, while ISIS has been shrinking in Syria and Iraq, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Syrian al-Qaida affiliate, has expanded to become ‘one of the most effective fighting forces in the Syrian civil war,’ in part through its alliances with other anti-Assad groups in the region,” it continued.
Esman’s report noted former FBI terrorism expert Ali Soufan also warns of a looming “big comeback” by al-Qaida.