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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Castro 'got the facts wrong' McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate MORE on Saturday confirmed the death of Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden who had emerged as a high-profile member of al-Qaeda.
Trump said in a statement released by the White House that bin Laden was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, though did not provide an exact date for the death.
“The loss of Hamza bin Ladin not only deprives al-Qa’ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group. Hamza bin Ladin was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups,” Trump said in the statement.
News reports emerged earlier this summer indicating that bin Laden's son had died. He had last made a public statement in 2018.
Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Overnight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year MORE appeared to confirm the death in late August, telling Fox News in an interview that it was his "understanding" that bin Laden was dead.
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