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Ayman al-Zawahiri has been appointed as al-Qaeda leader, says a statement allegedly issued by the organisation's general command. The move follows the killing of former leader Osama Bin Laden in early May. Zawahiri was Bin Laden's deputy for years and is believed by some to have been the "operational brains" behind the 9/11 attacks on the US. He warned just over a week ago that Bin Laden would continue to "terrify" the US from beyond the grave.