Zawahiri Named al Qaeda Leader

So reports the BBC:  Ayman al-Zawahiri appointed as al-Qaeda leader

The statement announcing his appointment was posted on a militant website and attributed to al-Qaeda’s General Command.

"Sheikh Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri, may God guide him, assumed responsibility as the group’s amir [leader]", it said.

It vowed that under Zawahiri, it would pursue jihad or holy war against the US and Israel "until all invading armies leave the land of Islam".

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    So long as it’s not Will Ferrell.

  2. Dave Schuler says:

    al-Zawahiri is not the charismatic leader that bin Laden was and I suspect there will be substantial infighting in what remains of the al Qaeda leadership for some titme.