File - This April 1998 photo shows exiled al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. (AP)
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Hamza trained with explosives and embraced the terror network that killed 3,000 Americans in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But young Hamza was no run-of-the-mill jihadi recruit. More than 100 newly declassified documents were provided to AFP by the Central Intelligence Agency, including two letters to bin Laden from his son and one from Hamza's mother imploring that he follow in his "father's footsteps". After Hamza's release from house arrest, top Al-Qaeda lieutenant Atiyah Abdel-Rahman wrote to bin Laden on April 5, 2011, one month before his death, detailing three possible ways to shepherd Hamza to his father.Abdel-Rahman wrote bin Laden promising to train Hamza in firing various weapons, adding that the young man was "very sweet and good".
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