Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, the man who killed Osama bin Laden told DailyMailTV on Wednesday that bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden, should expect the same fate if he continues to threaten the United States, the DailyMail reported.
Currently, there is a $1 million reward for information leading to Hamza bin Laden, who has taken up his father’s work of global jihad since Osama’s death in 2011.
“O’Neill was a member of SEAL Team 6 which stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound under cover of darkness in Abbottabad, Pakistan, almost eight years ago after a decade of work by multiple U.S. military intelligence agencies had pinpointed a concrete location,” Daily Mail reported.
Neil, now 42, identified himself in 2014 as the man who fired the kill shots on bin Laden, and was part of a SEAL Team 6 who followed the leads of a relentless CIA agent who tracked bin Laden down.
“The three-letter agencies will be gathering human intelligence, signal intelligence, and even rumors to find out where [Hamza] is,” O’Neill said, recalling the cooperation it took to find the terrorist leader.
Hamza bin Laden, who is the 15th of what are believed to be 20 children born to Osama bin Laden, is thought to be about 30 years old and has threatened the team that killed his father in 2011.
The younger bin Laden has launched multiple threats against the United States and its allies since 2015, according to the DailyMail, and O’Neill who is married and has children of his own has taken precautions.
“I do have security measures and I’m aware of it. It’s not great but also everyone here is a target. It doesn’t matter if you’re Christian or Muslim if you don’t agree exactly with his ideology, you’re a target.
“It’s the harsh reality of today’s world. I wish we could all get along, it’s a small world but if we’re going to defeat this ideology we need Muslims and there’s a lot of them that want to help.”
Hamza learned not only weaponry but ideology from Osama before his death, and is believed to have been with his father in the days leading up to the 9/11 attacks.
O’Neill believes that Hamza is in Pakistan like his father was when he was found:
“I’ve heard the Iranian thing, I’m not buying a lot of that. I think they did keep some Al-Qaeda guys in there just because the ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend,” O’Neill said.
“The Iranians and the Wahhabists, which Al-Qaeda are and ISIS are, they’re not really crazy about each other. But if they’re fighting with us, I wouldn’t put it out the rub. I would say more likely in Pakistan than in Iran.
“Al -Qaeda plays the long game. I always say that ISIS likes to stab us in the front but Al-Qaeda get us in the back. There’s still a threat. There are thousands of them spread out now – Syria, Iran, Yemen. There’s a lot of places for them to go.
“It’s busy right now for SEAL Team 6 and our Army counterparts. There is a lot of stuff in Syria they’re doing, we’ve still got a presence in Iraq.
“They’re going to maintain a presence right now in parts of Afghanistan because of the cross -border operations. And everywhere from Egypt to Western Africa, then Somalia, Yemen.”