Iraq, Syria al-Qaida union spells trouble

BAGHDAD, April 10 (UPI) -- The merger of al-Qaida in Iraq and the al-Nusra Front in Syria is a harbinger of advances for militant Islam in the Middle East, underlining how the Syrian civil war has become the catalyst for transnational jihadist forces that could threaten both Israel and Iran.

Al-Qaida vows help to Hezbollah, Hamas

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 27 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida's No. 2 man Ayman Zawahiri vowed his terror group will help Muslim fighters in Gaza and Lebanon who are confronting the "Zionist-Crusade war."

No word of Zarqawi death in Zawahiri tape

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 9 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida number two, Ayman Zawahiri, appeared on video-tape to talk about the Palestinian and Sudanese issues without mentioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death.

Al-Qaida threatens Britain, U.S. attacks

DOHA, Qatar, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida Thursday threatened Britain and the United States with attacks if their armies did not quit "the land of Islam," in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Osama-on-Osama book coming soon

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. publisher Doubleday is preparing "The al-Qaida Reader," a history of the Muslim terror group in its leaders' own words, to be released next year.

Al-Qaida urge wide-scale Muslim resistance

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida's No. 2 man Ayman Zawahiri called for an all-out armed resistance in the Muslim world against the West and Jews whom he described as "crusaders."

Canadian citizen among most wanted by U.S.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- An Egyptian-born Canadian citizen is on a list of nine al Qaida members most wanted by the United States, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri (Arabic: أيمن محمد ربيع الظواهري‎  ʾAyman Muḥammad Rabīʿ aẓ-Ẓawāhirī, detailed transliteration: Åỉmɑn Mʋhɑm̑ɑd Rɑbio alƵ̑ɑuaeɩri ; born June 19, 1951) is an Egyptian physician and current leader of al-Qaeda. He was previously the second and last "emir" of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, having succeeded Abbud al-Zumar in the latter role when Egyptian authorities sentenced al-Zumar to life imprisonment. His wife and three of his six children were killed in an air strike on Afghanistan by US forces in late 2001, following the September 11 attacks on the USA. As of May 2, 2011, he was assumed to be the figurehead of al-Qaeda following the death of Osama bin Laden. This was confirmed by a press release from al-Qaeda's general command on June 16. After the 9/11 attacks the U.S. State Department offered a US$25 million reward for information leading to al-Zawahiri's apprehension.

al-Zawahiri is reportedly a qualified surgeon; when his organization merged with bin Laden's al-Qaeda, he became bin Laden's personal advisor and physician. He had first met bin Laden in Jeddah in 1986. al-Zawahiri has shown a radical understanding of Islamic theology and Islamic history. He speaks Arabic, English and French. He is under worldwide sanctions by the United Nations Security Council 1267 Committee as a member or affiliate of al-Qaeda.

In 1998, al-Zawahiri formally merged the Egyptian Islamic Jihad into al-Qaeda. According to reports by a former al-Qaeda member, he has worked in the al-Qaeda organization since its inception and was a senior member of the group's shura council. He was often described as a "lieutenant" to Osama bin Laden, though bin Laden's chosen biographer has referred to him as the "real brains" of al-Qaeda. On June 16, 2011, al-Qaeda announced that al-Zawahiri had been selected as bin Laden's successor as al-Qaeda's former leader had been killed in a US operation on May 2, 2011.

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