AYMAN AL ZAWAHRI

  • New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack September 21, 2014

    Islamabad: Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at US vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. The SITE monitoring service quoted its spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, as saying...
  • After Syria and Iraq, Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia September 7, 2014

    Peshawar/Dera: Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultraradical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan's Taliban insurgents, Jamatul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the wellfunded and...
  • AlQaeda India wing: IB issues alert in all states as sources say video appears authentic September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Intelligence Bureau has issued an allIndia alert saying that the video, in which alQaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri announced the formation of an Indian branch of his terrorist group, is authentic, say sources. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been briefed about the video which the government says...
  • Al Qaeda leader endorses war in Kashmir but says don't kill non-Muslims September 17, 2013

    London: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has issued his first specific guidelines for jihad, urging restraint in attacking other Muslim sects and non-Muslims and in starting conflicts in countries where jihadis might find a safe base to promote their ideas. The document, published by the SITE monitoring service, provides a rare...
  • Al Qaeda calls for small-scale attacks in US to 'bleed country economically' September 14, 2013

    Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged small-scale attacks inside the United States to "bleed America economically", adding he hoped eventually to see a more significant strike, according to the SITE monitoring service. In an audio speech released online a day after the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 strikes, Zawahri said attacks...
  • AlQaeda chief's message led to embassy closures August 6, 2013

    An intercepted secret message between alQaida chief Ayman alZawahri and his deputy in Yemen about plans for a major terror attack was the trigger that set off the current shutdown of many US embassies, two officials told The Associated Press on Monday. A US intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat said...
  • Al Qaeda leader vows to free inmates from US military base in Guantanamo July 31, 2013

    Al Qaeda leader Ayman alZawahri slammed US treatment of hunger striking inmates at Guantanamo Bay and said the group would spare no effort to free them, according to an audio recording posted on the Internet on Wednesday. Zawahri also said Shi'ite Hezbollah's intervention in the conflict in Syria was an attempt...
  • AlQaeda releases 9/11 anniversary video September 12, 2012

    Cairo: AlQaeda's leader claims in a video posted on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks that his warriors "defeated America in Iraq". Ayman AlZawahri's message was posted on militant websites late Tuesday, to coincide with the anniversary. The 57minute video, titled "Truth has Come and Falsehood has Perished," included remarks...
  • Qaeda no 2 dead; Pak Foreign Ministry summons US envoy June 6, 2012

    The White House has confirmed that top Al Qaeda leader Abu Yahya AlLibi was killed in a drone attack on Monday. ...
  • Osama spent wealth on attacks, guests: Qaeda June 4, 2012

    Dubai: Osama bin Laden led a frugal life, spending all his personal wealth on attacks against the West and serving his guests good food, al Qaeda leader Ayman alZawahri said in a video posted online on Sunday. In the halfhour tape titled "Days with the imam, Part Two" a bespectacled Zawahiri,...
  • Al Qaeda leader recalls bin Laden's 'generosity' June 3, 2012

    Cairo: Osama bin Laden spent all his personal wealth on jihad, considering meat and electricity as luxuries so he could save his money to help fund terror attacks, according to recollections from his deputy and successor posted online late on Saturday. AlQaeda's new leader Ayman alZawahri, in the second of his...
  • AlQaeda releases video of American hostage May 7, 2012

    Washington: In a video released by alQaeda, American hostage Warren Weinstein said he will be killed unless US President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands. "My life is in your hands, Mr President," Weinstein said in the video. "If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept...
  • Al Qaeda says group kidnapped American in Pak December 2, 2011

    Dubai: Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of an American man in Pakistan and demanded the release of prisoners and an end to air strikes in Muslim countries in exchange for his freedom, according to an Internet statement. Al Qaeda leader Ayman alZawahri also said in an audio recording...
  • Al Qaeda says it is holding US hostage in Pak December 2, 2011

    Islamabad: Al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Thursday for the kidnapping of a 70yearold American aid worker in Pakistan in August, and issued a series of demands for his release. In a video message posted on militant websites, al Qaeda leader Ayman alZawahri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the United...
  • New al Qaeda head hails Arab uprisings September 14, 2011

    Dubai: New al Qaeda leader Ayman alZawahri voiced support in an Internet video for popular revolts shaking the Middle East, saying Arabs no longer feared the United States 10 years after the country was targeted by the militant network. "Ten years have passed since the blessed attacks on New York and...
  • Al Qaeda posts Sept 11 video: Monitoring group September 13, 2011

    Washington: A private intelligence monitoring service says al Qaeda is marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with an hourlong video, just released on Jihadist websites. Site Monitoring Services says the video features an audio speech by the new leader, Egyptian Ayman alZawahri, as well as previously unreleased footage...
  • Qaeda's Zawahri tells Syrians to also fight US July 29, 2011

    Dubai: Al Qaeda leader Ayman alZawahri urged Syrian protesters to direct their movement also against Washington and Israel, denouncing the United States as insincere in showing solidarity with them, according to an Internet video issued on Wednesday. "America, which cooperated with (Syrian President) Bashar alAssad during his whole regime, claims today...
  • US suspends $ 800 mn aid to Pakistan July 11, 2011

    New Delhi: The Obama administration has suspended $ 800 million military aid to Pakistan to show its displeasure with Islamabad for not doing more in the fight against terror. US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta asked the Gilani government to go after the al Qaeda's new chief Ayman alZawahri who...
  • AlZawahri succeeds bin Laden as alQaida leader June 17, 2011

    Cairo: Osama bin Laden's longtime deputy Ayman alZawahri, a fiery ideologue who is known for his deep hatred of the West and helped plan the 9/11 attacks, has taken control of alQaida after the death of the terror network's founder, the group said on Thursday. AlZawahri, an Egyptianborn surgeon, has been...
  • alZawahri has succeeded bin Laden: al Qaeda June 16, 2011

    Cairo: al Qaeda has selected its longtime No 2 to succeed Osama bin Laden following last month's US commando raid that killed the terror leader, according to a statement posted on Thursday on a website affiliated with the network. Ayman alZawahri, who will turn 60 next week, is the son of...
  • Al Qaeda No 2 Zawahri may succeed Osama May 2, 2011

    Islamabad: Egyptianborn doctor and surgeon Ayman alZawahri is al Qaeda's secondincommand expected to succeed Osama bin Laden following his killing in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan. Zawahri has been the brains behind bin Laden and his al Qaeda network, and at times its most public face, repeatedly denouncing the...
  • AlQaeda releases new 9/11 video showing Zawahri September 23, 2009

    Dubai: AlQaeda's number two Ayman alZawahri appeared on Tuesday in a new video apparently marking the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, according to a USbased terrorism monitoring service. Zawahri was among leading figures from the group who spoke in the 106minute Arabiclanguage video, entitled The...
  • AlQaeda top leader urges Pakistanis to join jihad July 16, 2009

    Dubai: AlQaeda's secondincommand accused the US of leading a crusade to turn Pakistan from a Muslim nuclear power into a divided nation and urged Pakistanis to join jihad to resist. Militants were in a tugofwar with the USallied government as they push to make Pakistan a "citadel of Islam" in the...
  • Queries galore on web, but Zawahiri yet to answer January 22, 2008

    Cairo, Egypt: Sympathizers submitted hundreds of questions to alQaeda deputy leader Ayman alZawahiri's 'online interview' before a recent deadline. Among them: Why hasn't alQaeda attacked the US again, why isn't it attacking the Israelis and when will it be more active in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria? So far, there have...
  • Connect with Osama, download videos to phone January 6, 2008

    Cairo: AlQaeda video messages of Osama bin Laden and Ayman alZawahri can now be downloaded to cellphones, the terror network announced as part of its attempts to extend its influence. The announcement was posted late Friday by alQaeda's media wing, alSahab, on websites commonly used by Islamic militants. As of Saturday,...
  • US dropped bid to kill alQaeda chief to please Pakistan July 8, 2007

    New Delhi: A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of al Qaeda in Pakistans tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardise relations with Pakistan, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The...