New footage shows Hamza bin Laden at his wedding in Iran

Al Arabiya has received new footage and details surrounding the wedding of Hamza bin Laden, the son of al-Qaeda extremist group’s mastermind Osama, when he was 17 years old in Iran.

The younger bin Laden is said to have married the daughter of al-Qaeda's second-in-command and deputy to current leader Ayman al-Zawahri, Abdullah Ahmad Abdullah, nicknamed "Abu Mohammed al-Masri".

The clip, which Al Arabiya was briefed on its details, was among the latest documents released by the CIA in regards to the Abbottabad files.

Hamza bin Laden’s wedding is estimated to have been held in 2005, four years after September 11 attacks and around the same time when al-Qaeda leaders had sought refuge in Iran.

Wedding guests

The video showed a group of al-Qaeda leaders who are listed on the international terrorism list, including Mohamed Shawki al-Islambouli, the brother of the assassin of the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, along with Kuwaiti Suleiman Abu al-Ghaith, son-in-law of Osama bin Laden and the former al-Qaeda spokesman, along with Saif al-Adl, who was most probably responsible for documenting the wedding with his cameras.

Al-Ghaith is the husband of Fatimah bin Laden, who seemed to show no interest in appearing in the wedding video but was shown at one point telling one his stories with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri during their presence in Kandahar.

Hamza also had a number of his brothers beside him, including Saad bin Laden, who was killed by a drone strike in Waziristan after he left Iran. He tells his brother Hamza in the video: “Hamza, the ninth brother to get married”.

The video has also shown the wedding being held in two places, the first being inside a mosque and then the continuing at their residence in the compound which was chosen by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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