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Lending credence to a terrorist

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden has expressed two aims; to avenge his father and to continue the jihad of his father. Up until last week, nobody – except the intelligence community and the researchers who keep track of every militant – really knew him or remembered hearing about him.

Thanks to the US government putting a $1 million reward on information leading to his whereabouts and the Saudi kingdom stripping him off of his citizenship, he is on his way to become an overnight celebrity in the militant world. Just like businesses, movie stars, rock stars, journalists, and so forth, militants thrive on brand name.

The more concerned the US becomes with a militant, the more respected and popular he becomes in the militant fraternity. Hamza bin Laden has graced the airwaves of major American news channels.

A little history lesson might come handy. Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, before he made al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which........

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