How Hamza bin Laden, Osama’s son, is helping Al-Qaeda stage a deadly comeback

Al Qaeda has stepped out of the shadow of the Islamic State (ISIS), promoting its brand of terror with a new leader and a comprehensive list of attack priorities.

Hamza Bin Laden, Osama Bin Laden’s son and heir, released a 10-minute video called, “Advice for Martyrdom-Seekers in the West,” on May 14 at an opportune time for Al Qaeda after months of media coverage of the ever-shrinking ISIS hold in Syria and Iraq.

Whether the video catalyzed attacks in Manchester or London is unknown, but it’s expected to ratchet up the frequency of so-called lone wolf or inspired attacks in the West in coming weeks. Understanding this video and analyzing Hamza’s messages are key to countering the threats coming from the Al Qaeda, particularly at a time when Al Qaeda has been rebranding itself and widening its network among Salafist jihadi rings.