August 12, 2022
Ayman Muhammad Rabie al-Zawahiri (Arabic: محمد الظواهري Ayman Muḥammad Rabīʿ aẓ-Ẓawāhirī ; 19 June 1951 – 31 July 2022) was an Egyptian cleric and leader of al-Qaeda from 2011 until his assassination in 2022. Previously, he was the second and final "emir" of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, after taking the place of Abbud al-Zumar as emir when the Egyptian monarchy sentenced al-Zumar to life in prison. His wife and three children were killed in an attack by US troops in Afghanistan in 2001, in connection with the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. On May 2, 2011, he was considered as Osama bin Ladin's successor as chairman of Al-Qaeda after Osama was killed by US troops in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011. This was confirmed by Al-Qaeda officially on June 16, 2011. The government The US offers $25 million to anyone who provides information on where al-Zawahiri is. On July 31, 2022, a US drone strike killed al-Zawahiri in Kabul, Afghanistan, in a house belonging to a top aide Sirajuddin Haqqani, a senior officials in the Taliban government.