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Osama bin Laden's son called for lone-wolf attacks on Americans in a new al Qaeda video


A new piece of al Qaeda propaganda that features Osama bin Laden's son suggests that the terrorist organization is trying to rejuvenate its global image by capitalizing on a known name, reports CNN.

In a 10-minute video, Hamza bin Laden -- surrounded by photos of prior terrorist attacks -- calls for lone-wolf attacks on Jews, Americans, Russians, and Westerners in general.

"If you are able to pick up a firearm, well and good; if not, the options are many," bin Laden says. 

"[Hamza bin Laden] has been trying to copy his dad, the tone of his dad, and also to copy and repeat the messages and terminologies used by his dad in the past," said Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent with experience in tracking al Qaeda.

Hamza bin Laden is thought to be in his late 20s and showed an affinity for public speaking at an early age. He was featured in his father's propaganda videos when he was very young. 

Transcripts of Hamza's words in the new video have made their way around social media. 

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