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Who was Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaeda leader killed by the US? | International

Although the United States gave a strong blow to the terrorist group Al-Qaeda on May 1, 2011, killing Osama Bin Ladenthe group continued to commit crimes in a decentralized manner, but under the leadership of Ayman al-Zawahrifor his closeness to bin Laden.

Ayman al-Zawahri was born on June 19, 1951.was born into a middle-class family and despite the fact that he was a young scholar who learned Arabic, English and French, it is believed that a series of events such as the six day war caused him to become radicalized and pushed him to become part of islamist groups.

By 1979 he was already part of the Islamic jihad, being a surgeon, but also a recruiter. During the 80’s participated in the war in Afghanistanwhere he met Osama bin Laden with whom They formed Al Qaeda in 1988.

Although bin Laden was the face of Al Qaeda and the symbolic leader of the terrorist group, al-Zawahri is believed to have been the group’s ideologue and even the person responsible for planning the attack against the US destroyer on October 12, 2000 (Yemen) and who He coordinated the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

After the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011, al-Zawahri, also known as ‘the doctor of death’ or ‘The Doctor’, assumed leadership of the terrorist group and became one of the world’s most wanted terrorists alongside Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.

Despite being the leader of Al-Qaeda, al-Zawahri he avoided making public appearances except on a few occasions to deny his death as happened in April of this year when he appeared in a video in which the Taliban regime was referred to, for which it was estimated that I would be in Afghanistan.

despite having a $25 million bounty on his headAl-Zawahri was never handed over and before the operation that resulted in his death he also promoted attacks in Iraq (2011), Mali (2015), France (2015) and Burkina Faso (2016 and 2018).

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