Ayman al-Zawahiri
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Ayman al-Zawahiri appointed as al-Qaeda leader

The long-serving second-in-command of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been appointed its head following the death of Osama Bin Laden, the militant organisation said in a statement.

Al-Qaeda warned it would continue to fight a holy war against the US and Israel under al-Zawahiri's direction.

America's top military officer has said al-Zawahiri would be hunted down and killed, just like his predecessor.

BBC security correspondent, Frank Gardner, reports.

  • 16 Jun 2011
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