Ayman al-Zawahiri

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August 19, 2022

Ayman al-Zawahiri (Arabic: أيْمَنْ مُحَمَّدْ رَبِيعْ الظَوَاهِرِي‎ Ayman Muhammad Rabi ad-Zawahiri[*]; . He became al Qaeda's number one since bin Laden died on May 1, 2011. Since he was a surgeon in Egypt, he is also called Dr. Al-Zawahiri. He can speak Arabic, English and French. On December 6, 2001, al Qaeda's commander of operations Mohammed Athef was killed in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, followed by the death of his key executives, including al-Zawahiri, second-in-command and coordinator of the 9/11 attacks. On March 18, 2004, it was reported by CNN that al-Zawahiri, from a prestigious Egyptian family, would soon be arrested, with a $25 million bounty staked as chief adviser and personal physician to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Despite the siege with this armed helicopter and thousands of troops, al-Zawahiri, who is known to be escorted by 200 men, was never arrested. On September 9, 2007, counter-terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University professor "Now, the person the United States should fear the most is not bin Laden, but Zawahiri," he said. On August 27, 2008, Foreign Policy, a US diplomatic magazine, selected Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, US Vice President Dick Cheney, and Al-Zawahiri as five of the world's most influential people. On July 31, 2022, he was killed by a drone missile attack conducted by the US CIA as part of a "counter-terrorism operation" in a hideout in the Sherpur region of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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See also

Islamic Fundamentalism Iraq War Osama Bin Laden Al Qaeda 9/11 terror Saddam Hussein Muhammad Said Al-Saharf

References

Gilles Kepel & Jean-Pierre Milelli, Al Qaeda in its own words, Harvard University Press, Cambridge & London, ISBN 978-0-674-02804-3. (French) Ayman al-Zawahiri, L'absolution, Millelli, Villepreux, ISBN 978-2-916590-05-9 (Al-Zawahiri's latest book)