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al Qaeda chooses Zawahiri as leader

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Al Qaeda has named a former deputy to Osama bin Laden as its new terror leader following bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs in May, the organization announced on a jihadi website overnight, the abcnews.com reported.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian-born doctor who turns 60 on Sunday, was identified in the statement as the group’s new emir in a “new era” for al Qaeda — the group he helped found with bin Laden.

Earlier this month, al-Zawahiri appeared in a video in which he vowed to avenge bin Laden’s death “blood for blood.” In that video, he urged his followers to remember the 9/11 terror attacks, saying the attacks “destroyed the symbol of American economy in New York and the symbol of American military might in the Pentagon.”

Osama bin Laden, left, and his top lieutenant Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahri, right, are seen at an undisclosed location in this television image broadcast, Oct. 7, 2001.


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