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Bin Laden's son said to take over al Qaida

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) -- Osama bin Laden's eldest son, Saad, has taken over as leader of al Qaida, the suspected terrorist network, according to the London-based Arabic daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat.

The paper on Monday quoted well-informed sources as saying they had received this information from recently captured members of al Qaida. The sources did not say where the militants were captured.

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The report was in keeping with unconfirmed information that bin Laden, a Saudi dissident believed by U.S. officials of having masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington, was killed or seriously wounded in the following U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan.

Saad took over the network's command in the wake of the fighting that forced al Qaida to pull out of its bases in Afghanistan, the sources said. Little is known about Saad bin Laden outside al Qaida.

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