By Deb Riechmann | AP By Deb Riechmann | AP November 1 at 9:48 PM
WASHINGTON — Never-before-seen video of Osama bin Laden’s son and potential successor was launched Wednesday by the CIA in a trove of fabric recovered through the May 2011 raid that killed the al-Qaida chief at his compound in Pakistan.
The video affords the primary public take a look at Hamza bin Laden as an grownup. Until now, the general public has solely seen childhood photos of him.
In current years, al-Qaida has launched audio messages from Hamza bin Laden. And to mark a current anniversary of 9/11, al-Qaida superimposed a childhood photograph of him over a photograph of the World Trade Center. He is anticipated to rise to prominence within the jihadist motion and is being carefully watched because the rival Islamic State group suffers setbacks within the Middle East.
One hourlong video reveals Hamza bin Laden, sporting a trimmed mustache however no beard, at his marriage ceremony. He is sitting on a carpet with different males. A person chanting Quranic verses may be heard within the background. Sporting a conventional white headdress, he verbally accepts his marriage to his bride “on the book of God and the example of the prophet. Peace be upon him.”
“Takbeer!” the others shout, marking his marriage with a form of spiritual hooray.
It was the fourth trove of paperwork, pictures and pc information recovered through the raid of bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Earlier supplies had been launched in May 2015, March 2016 and in January of this 12 months.
The CIA mentioned the almost 470,000 extra information supply insights into the interior workings of the terrorist group liable for 9/11 and element its clashes with the Islamic State group, a spin-off of al-Qaida’s operation in Iraq. They additionally make clear hardships that al-Qaida confronted on the time of bin Laden’s dying.
Included is a 228-page, handwritten private journal of bin Laden and about 79,000 pictures and audio information, together with follow reels of public speeches. Also launched had been dwelling movies and greater than 10,000 video information, together with the one among Hamza bin Laden’s marriage ceremony.
After shouts of congratulations, the video strikes to a different location the place the groom and others are sitting on a purple carpet dotted with bowls of bananas and apples, bottles of cola, sweets and tea. The groom smiles nervously, revealing his dimples. Osama bin Laden isn’t seen, however a person notes that the “father of the groom, the prince of the mujahedeen” is overjoyed about his son’s marriage and his happiness will “spread to all the mujahedeen.”
At one level, a person stands up and affords a prolonged quiz on the historical past of Koranic verse, largely for the good thing about younger boys within the group who compete to reply the questions. Red heart-shaped balloons beautify the room and in a second video of the marriage, the boys play a tough recreation of indoor soccer whereas the adults cheer.
Also included within the materials is details about how al-Qaida deliberate to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 badaults and the community’s work to unfold its message via Western media; the group’s effort to use the Arab uprisings in 2011; bin Laden’s quest to maintain his group collectively amid disagreements over beliefs and operational techniques; and the group’s work to burnish its picture with fellow Muslims amid damaging media.
There are nonetheless supplies that haven’t but been launched. The CIA mentioned this consists of supplies which can be delicate to nationwide safety; these protected by copyright; badgraphy; malware; and clean, corrupted and duplicate information.
Not all the fabric, nonetheless, was of a critical nature. There was a video referred to as “Charlie bit my finger!” depicting a boy and his child brother who bit his finger. There additionally had been YouTube movies about crochet, together with “How to Crochet a Flower.”
And bin Laden’s video badortment included “Antz,” a 1990s animated journey comedy about an ant colony, “Chicken Little” and “The Three Musketeers.” Also within the badortment had been “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden” and a number of other National Geographic packages: “Kung Fu Killers,” ‘’Inside the Green Berets” and “World’s Worst Venom.”
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