US responsible policy: Al-Zawahiri’s successor is still unclear Updated Wednesday 11/11/2023 11:57 AM Abu Dhabi time A US intelligence official revealed that the successor to the leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, is still not clear. Al-Zawahiri was killed in an American attack in Afghanistan last year, in the biggest blow to the terrorist group since the killing of its founder, Osama bin Laden, in 2011. Christine Abizaid, director of the US National Counter-Terrorism Center, said in press statements: “The question regarding Al-Qaeda, which has not been answered, He is the one who will succeed al-Zawahiri,” in response to a question at an event organized by The Washington Institute about the “centre of gravity” in al-Qaeda after al-Zawahiri’s death. Ignoring the fate of Al-Zawahiri and publishing the biographies of his murdered leaders.. What are the implications of issuing “Al-Qaeda”? Al-Zawahiri was in hiding for years, and the organization did not announce a successor. Observers see Saif al-Adel, a former officer in the Egyptian Special Forces and a senior member of the organization, as the most prominent candidate, and the United States is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to his capture. Abizaid also addressed the general landscape of threats in the United States, saying that “the country is facing an unpredictable atmosphere,” adding that Americans should remain vigilant about terrorist organizations outside the country such as al-Qaeda and ISIS. “The online environment is where most of the extremist activity takes place,” she added. The return of the “Al-Qaeda” leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri to life “in the media” sparked controversy that has not ceased since the sudden appearance of the successor to the founder of “Al-Qaeda” Osama bin Laden in the spring of last year. Questions that revealed the mystery of the leadership crisis within the terrorist organization that has continued since the assassination of bin Laden in 2011, despite Al-Zawahiri monopolizing the central leadership of the organization for more than a decade. “Al-Qaeda” publishes a video clip attributed to Ayman al-ZawahiriObservers agree that al-Zawahiri’s death is a fact that does not accept discussion, but his reappearance on the organization’s media platforms raises doubts among some of them with repeated rumors of his death, then his return during the years during which he assumed the succession of Osama bin Laden, while the question remains About who plays the role of the mastermind of the organization currently without a final answer so far. In late December, the terrorist “Al-Qaeda” organization published a 35-minute video clip of its late leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The SITE intelligence website, which monitors publications of terrorist organizations, said that al-Qaeda had published the videotape attributed to al-Zawahiri. The recording is undated and the text does not clearly indicate a clear time frame.
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