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Bin Laden's son leads Al-Qaeda revival

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IT WAS 20 years ago this week when they first etched their deadly and indelible stamp on the world. Two simultaneous attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania would leave 224 people dead and close to 5,000 injured.

But even worse was to follow. Three years after that carnage in Africa, they would go on to stage the September 11, 2001, attacks in which nearly 3,000 people died in the US.

Al-Qaeda had arrived.

Under its leadership of Osama bin Laden, it was both a force to be reckoned with and a byword for Islamist inspired terror.

These days, al-Qaeda might not be making the headlines they once did, but there is good reason why all that could be about to change.

Patiently rebuilding and reorganising after years in the shadow of its jihadist rivals the Islamic State (IS) group, a revived al-Qaeda is back as the world’s top terrorist threat.

With its resurrection too comes concern as to whether once again it might be preparing to embark on so-called “spectacular” attacks on Western targets.

Only this week, as the families of the victims and officials gathered in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam to remember that terrible day in Africa back on August 7, 1998, another al-Qaeda related story was also making the headlines.

Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, Osama bin Laden’s two half-brothers said that Hamza bin Laden, one of the sons of the former al-Qaeda leader, has reportedly married the daughter of the lead 9/11 hijacker, Mohammed Atta.

The brothers also claimed the younger bin Laden had become a senior member of al-Qaeda........

© Herald Scotland