After Ayman al-Zawahiri, This Man Expected To Head Al Qaeda

After Ayman al-Zawahiri, this man expected to lead Al Qaeda

The United States has killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri after a successful drone strike in the Afghan capital, Kabul. This is the biggest blow to the terrorist group since its founder Osama bin Laden was assassinated in 2011. US President Joe Biden said in a televised address Tuesday morning (Indian time) that “justice has been delivered” and hoped Zawahiri’s death will bring “closure” to the families of the 3,000 people who died on 9/11 in the United States. . The leader of Al-Qaeda was the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks and one of the world’s most wanted terrorists.

Since he succeeded bin Laden in 2011, Zawahiri has led Al Qaeda. So with the murder of Zawahiri, the terrorist group faces an acute succession crisis.

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According to Middle East Institute, Saif al-Adel is the next to take over. The Egyptian ex-army officer was one of the founders of al-Qaeda after joining the forerunner of the terror group Maktab al-Khidmat in the 1980s, according to US intelligence.

He met bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri during this period and joined their group Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ). He also fought against Russian forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Saif al-Adel was also once Osama Bin Laden’s security chief and has been on the FBI’s most wanted list since 2001, and the reward for information about him has now been increased to $10 million. The agency’s page on al-Adel says he is wanted in connection with “conspiracy to kill United States nationals, to murder, to destroy United States buildings and property, and to destroy the National Defense Utilities of the United States.” destroy the United States”.

According to an old report in ABC newsUS forces have been searching for Saif al-Adel since 1993, when he oversaw the ambush of US troops and helicopters in Mogadishu, Somalia – the infamous ‘Black Hawk Down’ incident in which 18 Americans died. Al-Adel was 30 at the time.

Several news outlets said al-Adel has emerged as a key strategist since bin Laden’s death. However, Middle East Institute said it will be difficult to make him head of the terror group because of his presence in Iran, where he has been based since the “Black Hawk Down” incident.

The institute also said that in recent years at least three al-Qaeda affiliates have been known to question the credibility of Saif al-Adel’s instructions.

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