However, further details remain elusive as no official statements by U.S. intelligence agencies, State Department or the Pentagon followed to neither confirm nor deny the reports.
SLAIN Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's son Hamza, the potential heir of the global terror group, has been killed in an airstrike, United States media reported, citing intelligence officials.
"The fact they haven't is highly unusual, given his status in the group".
The Times said he died in an airstrike but had no information on when or where it happened, or if the USA was involved.
"Hamza bin Laden is the son of deceased former AQ leader Osama bin Laden and is emerging as a leader in the AQ franchise".
At the beginning of the year, the US had offered a million dollar bounty on the son of the former Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda itself has been silent.
A State Department notice seeking information on Hamza bin Laden.
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However, longevity, structure and foundational grounding still remain in Al Qaeda's favor.
After the 9/11 attacks, when bin Laden became the world's most wanted man, he sent several of his wives and children to live in Iran, for safety, including Hamza. He is believed to have been in Afghanistan in recent years, but his demise has been wrongly reported a couple of times.
"While there's not a great deal of high-profile leaders in al-Qaida, at least in respect to those who are recognizable in Western press reporting ... they have a fairly deep bench", he said. Zawahiri, despite Al Qaeda's claimed close quarters with LeT, also criticised Pakistan for playing a double game in the state and not representing the fight for Islam and Muslims. Al Qaeda, as far as Kashmir goes, has held a stronger narrative in the state than ISIS, despite both groups as of today not having any actual space worth noting in the conflict. "Al Qaeda members continue to function routinely as military and religious instructors for the Taliban", the report added.
NBC reported Hamza's death this morning but the United States has yet to confirm whether the country had a role in it. "But it's not clear whether he actually got significant operational tasks".
The U.S. government had a role in the Hamza bin Laden's death, but it remains unclear what that role was. Hamza was known to have been moving around the porous Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and this is where he is supposed to have been killed.
"Because he carries the most famous name in terrorism, the younger bin Laden is able to draw on the devotion that jihadists around the world feel for his father", the daily reported.
Mendelsohn said Bin Laden would likely have been one of a number of younger cadres being groomed for the future, although his pedigree marked him out as special in life, and as an inspirational martyr now.