FSA spokesman says Hamza Bin Laden’s presence in Syria doubtful

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Recent reports on the presence of Osama Bin Laden’s son, Hamza, has proven to be inaccurate, the spokesman for the northern front of the Free Syrian Army confirmed to Al Arabiya.

Earlier in the day, several British media outlets ran stories suggesting Hamza, 28, was being hunted in a “kill or capture” mission by Joint Coalition Special Operations Unit which includes UK special forces.

Colonel Ahmed al-Hammadi told Al Arabiya that what was being raised on the subject at the present time was “nothing more than mere analyses and does not amount to information from facts on the ground”.

The spokesman, however, did not rule out the potential role of the Iranian regime in the transfer of Hamza bin Laden, who has lived with his family for several years in Iran.

“There are terrorist groups and countries that facilitate the transfer and movement of extremists to and from Syria,” he said.

British tabloid Daily Mail published a report on Monday suggesting Hamza bin Laden was being hunted by SAS forces after intelligence suggested he has moved to Syria after being holed up in Pakistan for years after his father’s capture and death.

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