Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Osama bin Laden Dead; Ayman al-Zawahiri New Most Wanted Terrorist

Posted by Info on 03/05/2011

Ayman al-Zawahiri was the al-Qaeda network’s unofficial number two man and early reports indicate he could be promoted to number one with bin Laden’s death.
Zawahiri is already on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list for his direct involvement in the bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The United States Department of State is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading to his arrest or apprehension.
The Cairo-born Zawahiri has been in hiding since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In a biography on bin Laden, Pakistani author and journalist Hamid Mir said al-Zawahiri was the real brains and mastermind behind the Al-Qaeda network as well as the September 11 attacks.

Zawahiri was interested in radicalism from an early age. He joined the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist group, when he was 15. In the early to mid-1980s, he was arrested along with hundreds of others following assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. He left Egypt in 1985 for Saudi Arabia.
After that, he went to Peshawar, Pakistan, where he met bin Laden when the latter was running a base for mujahedeen, the Muslim guerrilla warriors who cut their teeth fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. In 1998, he issued a joint fatwa with bin Laden called the “World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders.”


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