Ayman al-Zawahiri appointed as al-Qaeda leader
16-Jun-2011 (one comment)

Al-Qaeda has appointed Ayman al-Zawahiri as leader following the death of Osama Bin Laden, the organisation's general command says in a statement.

Bin Laden was killed by US forces in Pakistan in early May.

In the statement, al-Qaeda "announces that Sheikh Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri, may God guide him, assumed responsibility as the group's amir [leader]".

It warned it would continue to fight a jihad or holy war against the US and Israel under his direction.

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