Who is Ayman Al Zawahiri? Al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan

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Ayman al-Zawahiri, terrorist killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan on Mondayserved as first deputy to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before taking over the organization after the death of his predecessor in 2011.

drone strike in a house in Kabul, he was taken out over the weekend, as Fox News previously reported.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed and condemned the attack on Twitter, calling it “a clear violation of international principles,” according to the thread’s translation. However, the 2020 Doha Accord, which preceded last year’s heavily criticized withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the Biden administration, called on the Taliban to fight against terrorism inside the country.

Al-Zawahiri was also a physician and founder Egyptian terrorist group Islamic Jihadwhich later merged with al-Qaeda, according to authorities.

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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri speaks on the 11th anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri speaks on the 11th anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden
(AP Photo/Mazhar Ali Khan, file)

Al Zawahiri, 71, has been placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List and a $25 million reward has been offered for his capture.

He replaced bin Laden as leader of al-Qaeda in 2011 after a group of Navy SEALs killed him in Pakistan.

A terrorist of Egyptian origin participated in the preparation of the September attack. September 11, 2001, attacks, and was wanted in connection with the 1998 US embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to the State Department.

He publicly called on terrorists to attack the US and Western allies and kidnap citizens.

The embassy bombings killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and injured more than 4,500 people. The attack on the USS Cole killed 17 American sailors.

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FILE - Al-Sahab DVD shows Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri speaks on a computer screen in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 20, 2006.

FILE – Al-Sahab DVD shows Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri speaks on a computer screen in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 20, 2006.
(AP Photo/BKBangash, file)

Other plotters of the attacks, including bin Laden and Mohammed Atef, have already been killed.

Seven other suspects in the embassy bombings are serving life sentences.

In his youth, al-Zawahiri was member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, according to the State Department. He went to medical school and became an ophthalmic surgeon before joining bin Laden in the mid-1980s. They became close during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

According to documents seized from bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, al-Zawahiri graduated from al-Qasr al-Ain Medical School at Cairo University in 1974. Ideologically, he opposed secular governments and was arrested in 1981 after the assassination of former Egyptian President Mohammed. Anwar Al-Sadat on charges of carrying weapons without a license.

Just recently, hey condemned the group “Islamic state” for brutality in Iraq and Syria.

Another al-Qaeda leader wanted in connection with the embassy bombings, Saif al-Adel, remains on the FBI’s most wanted list.

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Al-Zawahiri is also the father-in-law of Abd al-Rahman al-Maghrebi, another senior al-Qaeda leader.

Matteo Cena of Fox News, Ronn Blitzer and Holly McKay contributed to this report.