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January 24, 2022

Ayman al-Zawahiri appointed as al-Qaeda leader

The long-serving second-in-command of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been appointed its head following the death of Osama Bin Laden, the militant organisation said in a statement, the BBC informs. Analysts say Egyptian-born Zawahiri, 59, is intelligent but lacks the charisma of his predecessor. He is claimed by some experts to have been the “operational brains” behind the 9/11 attacks on the US. For years Bin Laden’s deputy, with a USD 25m bounty on his head, he had been widely anticipated to replace Bin Laden. The statement announcing his appointment was posted on a militant website and attributed to al-Qaeda’s General Command.

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