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Al-Qaida says al-Zawahri has succeeded bin Laden

2011-06-16 06:50:56 GMT2011-06-16 14:50:56(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri speaks from an unknown location, in this still image taken from video uploaded on a social media website June 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV)

CAIRO – An al-Qaida-affiliated website says Egypt-born Ayman al-Zawahri has succeeded Osama bin laden as head of the terror network.

Bin Laden was killed in a U.S. commando raid in Pakistan last month. Al-Zawahri, who will turn 60 next week, had been bin Laden's second in command.

He is the son of an upper middle class Egyptian family of doctors and scholars. His father was a pharmacology professor at Cairo University's medical school and his grandfather was the grand imam of Al-Azhar University, a premier center of religious study.

The announcement was posted Thursday on a website known to be affiliated with the terror network.

(Agencies)

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