Thursday, June 16, 2011

Egyptian Al Qaeda names new leader

The veteran militant Ayman al-Zawahri took command of Al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden's death, on Thursday reported an Islamist website, fulfilling expectations after being the number two of the organization for a long time. Zawahri, bin Laden lieutenant and mastermind behind much of the strategy of Al Qaeda, vowed this month to keep the campaign against the United States and its allies.

"The overall leadership of Al Qaeda, after completing their inquiries, today announced that Sheikh Dr. Ayman Zawahiri, may God grant you success, has assumed the responsibility of commanding the group," the site said Ansar al-Mujahideen (followers of Holy Warriors) in a statement. Zawahri, an Egyptian-born, was considered the most likely successor to bin Laden, the man blamed for the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington, who was killed by U.S.

commandos in Pakistan 45 days ago. His whereabouts are unknown, although it has long been believed to be hiding somewhere on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. United States offers a reward of 25 million dollars for information leading to his capture or conviction. The former official U.S.

intelligence Zawahri said Robert Ayers was "a man who lacked charisma, a pale shadow of bin Laden." "It's a gray bureaucrat, not a leader who can energize and rally the troops. The only thing that will make your promotion is to raise the priority target of the U.S., "he said. Sajjan Gohel of the Asia security consultant-Pacific Foundation, said that Zawahri was in practice in charge of Al Qaeda for many years, but had the presence of bin Laden or his "ability to unify the various Arab factions within the group." Fawaz Gerges, Middle East expert at the London School of Economics, said the militants of Al Qaeda in South Asia were "wanted" leaders hidden and a new leader would not help to reverse their fate.

As for the branches of Al Qaeda in other parts of the world, are "locked in a fierce struggle to survive local and (...) are unable to coordinate their actions with the parent organization, "he said. Henry Wilkinson, a consultancy Janusian, said the ability of Al Qaeda to attack had been declining since the attacks of September 11." The main achievement of Al Qaeda was to have survived, "he said.

Others see it as a figure capable of. The journalist Abdel-Bari Atwan, London-based, who interviewed bin Laden in 1996, said that Zawahri was the" operational brains "behind Al Qaeda and was respected in part because he had been chosen by the leader and the second in command. "Al Qaeda managed to transform a small organization focused on expelling U.S.

interests in Saudi Arabia to a global organization. (...) The men who led his own group Egyptian Islamic Jihad were to be instruments that led the international campaign of Al Qaeda, "he said. Zawahiri met bin Laden in the mid-1980s, when both were in Pakistan to support guerrillas fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan.

Born in an upper class family in Cairo, studied medicine and became a surgeon. In a video message published online June 8, Zawahri said al Qaeda continue their struggle. "Sheikh (bin Laden) has departed, may God have mercy on him, his God as a martyr, and we follow his path of jihad to expel the invaders from the land of the Muslims and to purify it of injustice, "he said.

Zawahri considered the Arab uprisings this year were a disaster for Washington because it would remove corrupt Arab leaders were" agents of America. "

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