WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday that they believe Osama Bin Laden's son and potential heir in the Al Qaeda terrorist network was killed this year by a Predator missile strike in Pakistan.
Saad Bin Laden has been portrayed as the Bin Laden son closest to his father and most involved in Al Qaeda's activities.
However, he was never seen as an operational leader.
"There are some indications that he may be dead, but it's not 100% certain," said a U.S. counter-terrorism official. "If he is dead, Saad Bin Laden was a small player with a big name. He has never been a major operational figure."
The official declined to provide details of the drone missile strike or to discuss the evidence suggesting to officials that Saad Bin Laden might have been killed.