Wednesday, June 8, 2011

PAKISTAN - Al-Qaida has found its new leader

It is finally an Egyptian who heads the Al-Qaeda after the death of Bin Laden: Saif al-Adel, 51, was chosen as interim leader of the organization, revealed on May 17 the daily Pakistan's The News. In an article published on 19, the paper said that the jihadist is a relative of the Egyptian Ayman Al Zawahiri, the man who had initially been tipped as a future leader.

Zawahiri does not, however, unanimity among the militants which could lead to Al-Adel finally take command of Al Qaeda. Zawahiri then retain his role as chief ideologue and No. 2 in the organization, said The News. According to the Saudi daily Al-Watan, this appointment is in a logic of internal war within Al Qaeda, since the Egyptian faction wanted to get rid of Bin Laden to take the reins of the network.

In prison in Iran, Al-Adel was released in early 2010 in exchange for the release of an Iranian diplomat kidnapped by Pakistani militants in 2008. He is currently in North Waziristan in Pakistan on the Afghan border, and would work closely with the Pakistanis Ilyas Kashmiri, another military leader feared.

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