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Forget about your application to be emir of al-Qaida and start looking for a new job. The terror group would like to inform you that the position has officially been filled.
An al-Qaida communique, “Statement Regarding the Succession in the Leadership of Qaida’t al-Jihad,” signed by the group’s “general command” and published on jihadi websites Thursday names Ayman al-Zawahiri as its next leader.
“Since the best of fulfillment for the pious martyrs and the biography of Shaykh Mujahid Usama bin Laden would be to continue on the path of Jihad for the cause of Allah and to sup
...Intelligence officials have said that bin Laden, isolated by U.S. efforts to track him, had ceded operational responsibilities to Zawahiri. The U.S. government is offering a $25 million reward for information leading to Zawahiri, who is believed to be hiding in southwestern Pakistan or Afghanistan, according to White House intelligence adviser John Brennan...
A doctor from a prominent Egyptian family, he has been known for his organisational skills rather than for his inspirational qualities.
In jihadist circles he has neither the charisma nor the dynamic "back-story" of his predecessor, but nonetheless he remains a respected figure.
In one sense then he represents the face of continuity within al-Qaeda. However, it is unlikely to be business as usual for the organisation under his leadership.
For one thing he is not Osama Bin Laden.
Dear Imperialist Pig-Dogs,
We, Al-Qaida, the world's most secretive terrorist organization, proudly announce the promotion of Ayman al-Zawahiri to the role of head-terrorist/insurgent. Since coming to our organization many years ago, Ayman has twice been named Mastermind-of-the-year as well as Top-Terror-Dog in 2008 and 2009. TIME magazine once called him "the Scourge of all freedom-lovers worldwide" and he's well regarded within the ranks of the American working group PNAC as "gettin'er done!".
Since we ARE the world's foremost secretive group blamed (but not proven) for events all across the globe, we will not announce when or even where the swearing-in ceremonies will take place, suffice it to say it may or may not be mentioned at a later date by the CIA as a precursor to war.
Please join me in congratulating Ayman to his new role and in the immortal words of his father, "there are those who call me....Tim!
US vows to hunt down al-Zawahiri
...US officials painted the 59-year-old long-time number two as an "armchair general" with no combat experience, saying he not only lacked charisma and leadership skills but was also a divisive figure who could fracture al-Qaeda.
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told al-Zawahiri to expect the same treatment meted out to bin Laden, who was killed by US commandos in the dead of night in a May 2 raid on his hideout in Pakistan.
"As we did both seek to capture and kill - and succeed in killing - Bin Laden, we certainly will do the same thing with al-Zawahiri," Mullen said...
India could be key target of new al-Qaeda chief
India could be one of several new theatres targeted by al-Qaeda's newly-appointed chief to establish his authority over the jihadist group and its allies, intelligence sources say.