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Sa'ad bin Osama bin Muhammad bin 'Awad bin Laden (Arabic: سعد بن
أسامة بن محمد بن عوض بن لادن; 1979 – July
2009), better known as Saad bin Laden, was one of Osama bin Laden's
sons. He continued in his father's footsteps by occupying a position
within Al-Qaeda, and was being groomed to be his heir apparent. He
was killed in an American drone strike in 2009.
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He was believed to be married to a woman from Yemen. After 9/11, Saad
Iran and was later detained and placed under house arrest by
Iran stated that a number of al-Qaeda leaders
and members were in their custody.
Saad was believed to have been involved in the bombing of a Tunisian
synagogue on 11 April 2002, which killed 19 people. In March 2003,
there were disputed claims of his capture by Pakistan, though these
proved false, and he was implicated in the 12 May 2003 suicide bombing
Saudi Arabia and the Morocco bombing four days later.
Saif al-Adel and Bin Laden are believed to have ordered the Riyadh
attacks from Iran, with apparent Iranian complicity. In May
2003, then-State Department official
Ryan Crocker provided information
on the upcoming attack to Iranian officials, who apparently took no
In January 2009, however, U.S. Intelligence officials confirmed that
Saad was no longer being held in Iranian custody and was likely hiding
in Pakistan. Letters exchanged between Saad and his brother Khalid
bin Laden revealed that he fled from Iranian custody around this time
and escaped to Pakistan, while many of his relatives were still
detained. The report of his escape was also confirmed by his
younger sister Eman bin Laden, who also managed to escape from Iranian
custody and flee to Saudi Arabia.
On 22 July 2009,
National Public Radio
National Public Radio reported that U.S. officials
Saad bin Laden was killed by a CIA-administered unmanned
aerial vehicle strike in Pakistan. A senior U.S. counterterrorism
official said U.S. intelligence agencies are "80 to 85 percent"
Saad bin Laden was killed in a missile strike "sometime
On 24 July 2009,
The Hindu reported that senior
Saad bin Laden was not killed, or even hurt, during the
missile attack. No evidence, however, surfaced to prove that
Saad was still alive, and it was later reported that Osama bin Laden,
shortly before his death during a Navy Seals raid in 2011, was
grooming his younger son
Hamza bin Laden to be his heir
apparent, a position that was originally bestowed to
Saad. Letters retrieved from the compound where bin Laden was
killed in Abbottabad,
Pakistan confirmed that Saad was killed.
In September 2012, al-Qaeda leader
Ayman al-Zawahiri confirmed in a
videotape that Saad was killed in the drone strike.
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Osama bin Laden
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