 US adds Bin Laden’s son to terror blacklist

The United States has added the son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to the US counter-terrorism blacklist, in a move that would keep him from accessing the US financial system.

Bruce Reidel, an analyst with the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, has called Hamza bin Laden the “new face for al Qaeda” and “an articulate and dangerous enemy,” Reuters news agency said.

The US also added Ibrahim al-Banna, a senior member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to the counter-terrorism blacklist on Thursday.

Al-Banna, who was born in Egypt, has described al Qaeda’s 2001 attacks on New York and Washington as “virtuous” and threatened to target Americans in the United States and abroad, the State Department said.

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