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Zawahri Becomes New Al-Qaida Chief

June 16 2011


The former deputy of Al-Qaida has been selected to lead the terrorist network, the Voice of America News reports.

Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri, the long-time strategist and operational leader of Al-Qaida, is the new leader, according to an announcement posted by the group on an Islamist website.

John Brennan, counterterrorism adviser to the White House, said earlier this week that Zawahiri is believed to be living in Pakistan or Afghanistan, and is being hunted, reported...

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