While some look to Hamza Bin Laden, who many expect will ascend the Al Qaeda leadership ranks soon, as a force that could unite the jihadist front, bringing together Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, Hassan Hassan argues the weaknesses of this approach. This article proposes that Al Qaeda, led by Hamza, may alternatively be angling to position itself as the, “unrivaled leader of global jihad” in the near future – directly challenging Islamic State.

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