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Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged people in Saudi Arabia to follow the example set by popular revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia and rise up.

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Reduction of troops in Afghanistan?updated: Fri Mar 23 2012 04:06:00

Sen. Carl Levin wants President Obama to stick to a 2014 timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan

Al Qaeda leader's brother to be freed in Egyptupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 12:52:00

Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, will be freed from prison in Egypt after 13 years, his attorney said Monday.

Al Qaeda leader calls for revolt like Arab Spring in Pakistanupdated: Fri Mar 16 2012 18:17:00

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is calling on Pakistanis to join the Arab Spring uprisings and revolt against their government, saying the country's leaders are "slaves of America," according to a recent video posted on jihadist forums Friday.

Al-Shabaab joining al Qaeda, monitor group saysupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 01:07:00

Somalia's Al-Shabaab rebel movement has tightened its ties to the al Qaeda terror network, with its leader pledging loyalty to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

AU claims success against Al-Shabaabupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 01:07:00

The man commanding the AMISOM mission in Somalia describes efforts to root out Al-Shabaab militants.

Al Qaeda leader appears in new videoupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 16:26:00

A half-hour video featuring the leader of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was posted Tuesday on a radical Islamist website.

Al Qaeda leader urges Libya to adopt Islamic law, beware of the Westupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 12:56:00

In his latest video, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri congratulated the Libyan people on their victory against dictator Moammar Gadhafi but warned them against Western manipulation as they forge ahead in building a new nation.

New al Qaeda leader releases message to mark 9/11updated: Tue Sep 13 2011 20:23:00

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has apparently released a new message to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, in which he praises the Arab Spring as a "devastating blow" to the United States.

New al Qaeda leader slams Syrian president, praises protestersupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 04:09:00

The new head of al Qaeda describes Syria's president as "the leader of criminal gangs, the protector of traitors," and applauds anti-government protesters seeking to topple him, in a video that appeared on extremist websites this week.

Al Qaeda on the brink of collapse?updated: Fri Jul 29 2011 04:09:00

CNN's Reza Sayah responds to a Washington Post report that government agencies believe al Qaeda is no longer a threat.

Al Qaeda names new leaderupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 16:48:00

Ayman al-Zawahiri will replace Osama bin Laden as the new leader of al Qaeda. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Analysis: Al-Zawahiri takes al Qaeda's helm when influence is waningupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 16:48:00

Ayman al-Zawahiri's coronation as the king of al Qaeda came with some anxiety over another major attack and a barrage of questions about the future of the terror network.

Al-Zawahiri appointed al Qaeda's new leader, jihadist websites sayupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 16:36:00

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the longtime deputy to Osama bin Laden, will take over leadership of al Qaeda, according to a statement posted on several jihadist websites Thursday.

U.S. counterterrorism official: Zawahiri now leader of al Qaedaupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 12:46:00

A U.S. counterterrorism official said Thursday the United States believes Ayman al-Zawahiri is now the leader of al Qaeda.

Al-Zawahiri has a long history with Osama bin Laden, terrorupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 10:03:00

Ayman al-Zawahiri emerged from a privileged upbringing in Egypt to become one of the world's most wanted terrorists and now, the leader of the most notorious terror group: al Qaeda.

Key al Qaeda operative praises bin Laden in new videoupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 18:57:00

A new video message was released Wednesday from key al Qaeda figure Ayman al-Zawahiri, the man who was once second in command of the organization under Osama bin Laden.

New alleged al Qaeda tape slams NATO actionsupdated: Sat May 21 2011 23:51:00

A jihadist website on Saturday posted an audio message purportedly from key al Qaeda figure Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Q&A: al Qaeda's power struggleupdated: Fri May 20 2011 11:41:00

A former Egyptian army lieutenant and long-time Islamist Saif al Adel has been appointed the interim leader of al Qaeda, according to former jihadist Noman Benotman.

Al Qaeda appoints caretaker leaderupdated: Fri May 20 2011 11:41:00

CNN's Dan Rivers assesses the possible appointment of a new caretaker leader of al Qaeda.

Cruickshank: Zawahiri in U.S. crosshairsupdated: Thu May 12 2011 06:14:00

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank explains why the days may be numbered for al Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Now that bin Laden's dead, who are al Qaeda's most wanted leaders?updated: Thu May 12 2011 06:14:00

He was its founder and strategic guiding force, but now that Osama bin Laden is dead, who are al Qaeda's most wanted leaders?

Hunting bin Laden's heir apparentupdated: Fri May 06 2011 20:16:00

Ayman al Zawahiri might be al Qaeda's next leader, but other players could reject the plan. Jeanne Meserve reports.

Inside al Qaeda succession: Who is likely to step upupdated: Fri May 06 2011 20:16:00

A statement from al Qaeda on Friday marking the death of Osama bin Laden included renewed warnings of terrorist attacks against U.S. interests around the world and suggested that a process to choose his successor is under way.

U.S. came close to al Qaeda's number 2updated: Mon Nov 29 2010 20:23:00

The United States has come close to taking out al Qaeda's second-in-command on more occasions than have previously been acknowledged, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Pakistan led by 'robber president,' al Qaeda No. 2 saysupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 16:20:00

Al Qaeda's second-in-command lashed out at the Pakistani government in a video statement released Wednesday, saying it had turned on its people by cooperating with the United States and its allies.

Alleged al Qaeda message mourns comrade, mentions flotilla raidupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 13:24:00

A man identified as al Qaeda's No. 2 official issued a eulogy for a slain comrade and made reference to a few hot-button events in recent months: the botched Times Square car bombing, the Israeli commando flotilla strike and the proposed burqa ban in France.

Why is the Arab world frozen in time?updated: Wed May 26 2010 10:31:00

Arab modernity. Why is it that at the beginning of the 21st century the Arab world seems stuck in time? Why are most Arabs still ruled by kings or military dictatorships? And specifically, why has the most populous Arab nation, Egypt, been governed by one man for nearly three decades?

Al Qaeda video rails against Turkeyupdated: Mon Feb 22 2010 16:00:00

A man claiming to be Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's No. 2 man, blasts the Turkish government for its role in Afghanistan in a newly released video.

Al Qaeda video calls on Muslims to support militantsupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 06:26:00

Al Qaeda's second-in-command called on Pakistanis to back Islamic militants in the country's tribal areas against what he called an ongoing assault by American "crusaders" and the Pakistani army.

Al Qaeda No. 2 slams Obama's first months in officeupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 15:30:00

Al Qaeda's second-in-command has accused President Obama of supporting a Palestinian state that would do the bidding of Israel.

Al Qaeda deputy criticizes Obama's Egypt tripupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 00:17:00

On the eve of President Obama's highly anticipated speech to the Muslim world, al Qaeda's second-in-command issued an audio statement saying the president of the United States is not welcome in Egypt.

President to visit Egyptupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 00:17:00

Rick interviews CNN's Octavia Nasr about President Obama's trip to Egypt and what it means.

Al Qaeda No. 2: Sudan's president pandered to Westupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 14:17:00

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, facing an international arrest warrant, is paying the price for pandering to the West, al Qaeda's second-in-command said in an audio statement released Tuesday.

Latest 'al Qaeda message' focuses on Somaliaupdated: Mon Feb 23 2009 12:24:00

Islamist fighters in Somalia have made significant gains in the country, according to the latest statement purportedly from al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Al Qaeda No. 2 releases second message of 2009updated: Tue Feb 03 2009 17:10:00

Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, released a new audio message Tuesday, condemning Israel and calling for renewed attacks.

Al Qaeda message blames Obama, Egypt for Gaza violenceupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 22:37:00

An audio message reportedly from al Qaeda's deputy chief vows revenge for Israel's air and ground assault on Gaza and calls the Jewish state's actions against Hamas militants "a gift" from U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.

Purported al-Zawahiri message criticizes Pakistani leadershipupdated: Sun Aug 10 2008 23:01:00

In what's believed to be the first English-language message from al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri criticizes Pakistan's leadership and calls for Pakistanis to support the jihadist movement.

No evidence of al Qaeda No. 2's illness or death, U.S. saysupdated: Sat Aug 02 2008 06:36:00

U.S. counterterrorism officials said Friday they have seen no evidence to support a media report that al Qaeda's No. 2 official, Ayman al-Zawahiri, may be critically wounded or dead.

Al Qaeda declares 'failure and defeat' for U.S. troops in Iraqupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 22:45:00

Marking the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, al Qaeda's media arm released an audio recording, purportedly from the group's second-in-command, saying U.S. troops there have failed.

Al-Zawahiri condemns Mideast talksupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 02:50:00

An audio message purportedly from Osama bin Laden's deputy has criticized Middle East leaders who attended last month's Annapolis peace summit, reminding them they are fighting a "single jihad" against the "Zionist enemy."

Al Qaeda No. 2 blasts 'traitors'updated: Mon Dec 17 2007 00:15:00

Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant warned in a video statement released Sunday that Iraqi tribal leaders who side with U.S. troops against al Qaeda fighters would face reprisals when Americans leave Iraq.

Al Qaeda's No. 2 says end of West imminent, video showsupdated: Thu Jul 05 2007 08:33:00

In a newly released videotaped message similar to a "fireside chat," al Qaeda's second-in-command issues advice and directives for the Muslim world, terrorism expert Laura Mansfield said Wednesday.

Al Qaeda video taunts Bush, Iran, Shiitesupdated: Sat May 05 2007 18:19:00

A new video from al Qaeda No. 2 man Ayman al-Zawahiri addresses the issue of setting a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Purported al Qaeda message: Unite with Talibanupdated: Mon Feb 12 2007 21:52:00

In a message released Monday, al Qaeda's No. 2 leader called on Muslims to unite under Taliban leader Mullah Omar, stop trying to form secular governments and instead follow strict Islamic Sharia law.

Al Qaeda's No. 2 opposes Palestinian electionsupdated: Wed Dec 20 2006 05:02:00

Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri released a new videotaped statement Wednesday in which he sided with Hamas' opposition to early Palestinian elections.

Gone quietupdated: Fri Dec 15 2006 07:06:00

It's quiet. Almost too quiet.

Al Qaeda No. 2: Bush a liar, 'spiller of Muslim blood'updated: Fri Sep 29 2006 15:36:00

Calling President Bush "the murderer and spiller of Muslim blood," al Qaeda's top deputy released a videotape Friday accusing the U.S. president of being a "deceitful charlatan" who has lied to the American people.

Al Qaeda releases 9/11 anniversary messageupdated: Mon Sep 11 2006 00:43:00

A lengthy video statement from Ayman al-Zawahiri, issued on the eve of the fifth anniversary of al Qaeda's attacks on the United States, calls on Muslims to step up their resistance to the United States and warns that "new events" are on the way.

Militants deny joining al Qaedaupdated: Mon Aug 07 2006 01:52:00

An Egyptian militant group vigorously denied weekend assertions by Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second-in-command, that the group's members had joined the ranks of the terrorist network.

Al-Zawahiri: Egyptian militant group joins al Qaedaupdated: Sat Aug 05 2006 16:58:00

Al Qaeda has joined forces with the long-quiet Egyptian militant group Al-Jamaa Islamiya, according to a videotaped message from Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant that aired Saturday.

Al Qaeda calls on Muslims to fight Israelupdated: Thu Jul 27 2006 15:03:00

With a poster of the burning World Trade Center behind him, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant appeared on tape Thursday calling on Muslims to join the fight against Israel and "rise up seeking martyrdom and attack the crusaders and Zionists."

Bin Laden message offers timing, location cluesupdated: Fri Jun 30 2006 13:21:00

The latest recording by Osama bin Laden, which eulogizes terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, displays al Qaeda's public relations acumen, confidence and traditional Muslim identity.

Al Qaeda No. 2 mourns al-Zarqawiupdated: Fri Jun 23 2006 16:40:00

Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, says in a videotape aired Friday that he grieves over the death of al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Coalition: 17 Afghan rebels killedupdated: Fri Jun 23 2006 12:35:00

U.S.-led coalition forces have destroyed an enemy bunker in southern Afghanistan, killing 17 insurgents, the military said Friday.

Al Qaeda deputy hunted in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jun 22 2006 09:09:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai denounced al Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri on Thursday as the "cause of destruction" in his country.

Afghan president calls for arrest of al Qaeda No. 2updated: Wed Jun 21 2006 21:49:00

A new video message from the No. 2 figure in al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was posted on Islamic Web sites Wednesday evening.

Terror by the numbersupdated: Fri May 05 2006 09:39:00

The troika of terror is saturating the airwaves and Internet, each ostensibly delivering his take on three years of war and insurgency in Iraq.

Al-Zawahiri praises insurgents in videoupdated: Fri Apr 28 2006 19:09:00

Insurgents have "broken the back" of the U.S. in Iraq, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant claims in a new video that surfaced on the Internet on Friday.

Muslims urged to make West 'bleed for years'updated: Sun Mar 05 2006 21:11:00

A taped message attributed to Osama bin Laden's deputy calls on Muslims to attack the "economic infrastructure" of the West and stop Western countries from "stealing" Mideast oil, according to recordings posted on Islamist Web sites Sunday.

Bin Laden's No. 2 condemns Mohammed cartoonsupdated: Sat Mar 04 2006 17:31:00

In a videotape broadcast Saturday, Osama bin Laden's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, condemns published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that have sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world.

Al Qaeda's No. 2 taunts U.S. in new videoupdated: Mon Jan 30 2006 13:01:00

Osama bin Laden's right-hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, appeared in a new video Monday, saying he is alive and well just weeks after a U.S. missile strike targeted him in Pakistan.

Al Qaeda's media strategyupdated: Fri Jan 20 2006 19:38:00

In the beginning, there was the media strategy.

Bin Laden's No. 2 releases poetry tapeupdated: Fri Jan 20 2006 14:57:00

With no mention of last week's attempt on his life, Ayman al-Zawahiri recited poetry to jihadists on a 17-minute audiotape that appeared on the Internet on Friday.

Officials: U.S. unsure of al-Zawahiri fateupdated: Mon Jan 16 2006 12:10:00

U.S. intelligence officials say they are trying to determine whether Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant was attending a dinner in a remote Pakistani village and whether he was one of the people killed by a CIA airstrike.

Pakistan protests airstrikeupdated: Sun Jan 15 2006 03:16:00

Thousands of people turned out in cities across the country Sunday to demonstrate against Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and the United States in the wake of a U.S. airstrike that killed 18 people on Friday, as Pakistani parties called for more demonstrations.

Sources: Airstrike may have killed bin Laden's No. 2updated: Fri Jan 13 2006 19:09:00

Ayman al-Zawahiri -- Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in the al Qaeda terrorist network -- was the target of a CIA airstrike Friday in a remote Pakistani village and may have been among those killed, knowledgeable U.S. sources told CNN.

Al Qaeda No. 2: Bush must admit defeat in Iraqupdated: Fri Jan 06 2006 13:48:00

An Arabic language news network has aired a video of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, in which he called on U.S. President George W. Bush to admit defeat in Iraq.

Bin Laden: Alive or dead -- and how would we know?updated: Thu Dec 08 2005 07:57:00

We've gone almost a year without hearing from Osama bin Laden.

Are you ready?updated: Wed Oct 26 2005 14:25:00

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Al-Zawahiri letter under scrutinyupdated: Wed Oct 19 2005 16:09:00

The letter is a road map to jihad. A lecture about murderous techniques. A plea for money. Full of gossip about the life of a terrorist. And a revealing look inside al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda letter called 'chilling'updated: Tue Oct 11 2005 18:15:00

Senior U.S. intelligence officials call a letter from al Qaeda's No. 2 man to its leader in Iraq "chilling" because of how "calm, clear and well argued" it is in urging preparation for a U.S. departure from Iraq.

Pentagon: Bin Laden deputy complains about money, Iraq tacticsupdated: Fri Oct 07 2005 00:18:00

An intercepted letter from Osama bin Laden's deputy to the al Qaeda leader in Iraq complains that the terrorist network is short of cash and faces defeat in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman says.

Official: Doubt on al-Zawahiri claimupdated: Tue Sep 20 2005 19:02:00

A U.S. counterterrorism official says the newly released tape of Osama bin Laden's chief deputy does not in itself demonstrate that al Qaeda planned or directed the terrorist attacks in London last July.

Al-Zawahiri downplays U.S. efforts in Afghanistan updated: Mon Sep 19 2005 16:27:00

In a videotape that aired Monday on the Arabic-language TV network Al-Jazeera, Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, downplayed U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and again claimed responsibility for the July bombings in London.

Terrorists' message lost in Katrina's chaosupdated: Wed Sep 07 2005 12:04:00

We have now seen this year's al Qaeda September surprise -- a video statement from a man purporting to be London bomber Mohammed Siddiq Khan who, with Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, warned of more attacks. But with hundreds of thousands displaced by Hurricane Katrina and a death toll that could run into the thousands, the questions are: Do we care right now? And do we believe them?

The trail of the tapesupdated: Fri Aug 05 2005 16:58:00

So Ayman al-Zawahiri has decided to weigh in on the London attacks.

Al Qaeda threatens more UK, U.S. attacksupdated: Thu Aug 04 2005 08:27:00

Osama bin Laden's No. 2 man in al Qaeda has threatened more destruction in London, saying that British Prime Minister Tony Blair would be to blame.

Bin Laden deputy sends messageupdated: Fri Jun 17 2005 15:29:00

Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant urged Muslims to press on with their jihad against U.S. and Western interests in the "land of Islam," saying that Islamic nations must be allowed to run their own affairs without foreign interference.

New al-Zawahiri tape lashes U.S. policyupdated: Sun Feb 20 2005 14:08:00

Osama bin Laden's No. 2 man in al Qaeda lashed out at U.S. efforts to extend democracy around the world in a videotape aired Sunday on Arabic-language TV station Al Jazeera, saying those efforts "will end with your defeat, the killing of your sons and the destruction of your economy."

Bin Laden aide vows to continue U.S. fightupdated: Mon Nov 29 2004 13:51:00

In a videotape that aired Monday, Osama bin Laden's right-hand man pledged to continue fighting the United States until it changes its policies regarding Muslims.

Al-Jazeera airs purported al Qaeda tapeupdated: Fri Oct 01 2004 09:02:00

The Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera Friday aired what it claims is a new audiotape from al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, issuing a call to action in the Muslim world.

Al-Zawahiri: U.S. faltering in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Sep 09 2004 14:34:00

Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, appeared in a videotaped message Thursday on the Arabic-language TV news network Al-Jazeera saying southern and eastern Afghanistan are controlled by the mujahedeen, or holy warriors.

Audiotape charges U.S. doesn't want Arab reformsupdated: Fri Jun 11 2004 17:29:00

In an audiotape broadcast Friday on the Arabic-language television network Al-Arabiya, a man claims to be al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and charges that Americans don't want democracy and freedom in the Arab world.

CIA thinks tape 'likely' voice of al-Zawahiriupdated: Fri Mar 26 2004 10:19:00

A CIA spokesman said Friday that the voice on an audiotape broadcast by an Arabic language TV channel is "likely" to be that of al Qaeda's No. 2 man, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Pakistan finds tunnels in siege areaupdated: Mon Mar 22 2004 09:04:00

The Pakistani military's quest to nab a "high-value target" has suffered a setback with the discovery of a series of tunnels that militants could have used to escape thousands of troops who've laid siege to the area.

Pakistan fighting slows amid talksupdated: Sun Mar 21 2004 03:54:00

Tribal leaders are trying to broker an end to fierce fighting between Pakistani troops and suspected militants along the Afghan border while speculation persisted about who the fighters might be protecting.

Deadline for al Qaeda forcesupdated: Fri Mar 19 2004 06:17:00

Heavy fighting continues in a mountainous region near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border where a "high-value" al Qaeda leader is believed to be holed up.

Battle rages with al Qaeda fightersupdated: Fri Mar 19 2004 01:28:00

Pakistani forces are meeting fierce resistance in a battle with al Qaeda fighters in a mountainous region near the Afghan border.

Al-Zawahiri faces single set of U.S. chargesupdated: Thu Mar 18 2004 16:55:00

While linked to terrorist attacks in the Middle East, the United States and elsewhere, Ayman al-Zawahiri faces only one known set of U.S. criminal charges -- related to his alleged role in the August 1998 embassy bombings in East Africa.

Quraishi: Pakistanis say al Qaeda #2 surroundedupdated: Thu Mar 18 2004 15:07:00

Pakistani forces have surrounded a "high-value" target believed to be Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant in al Qaeda, near the Afghan border. The troops reported fierce resistance from al Qaeda fighters.

Robinson: Bin Laden aide likely would fight to the deathupdated: Thu Mar 18 2004 14:39:00

Pakistani forces have surrounded a man they believe is Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Pakistani government sources said. More than 200 al Qaeda fighters are trying to prevent his capture, the sources said.

Pakistani sources: Al-Zawahiri surroundedupdated: Thu Mar 18 2004 02:36:00

The Pakistani military is continuing to assault al Qaeda troops believed to be protecting a "high-value" leader near the Afghanistan border, Pakistani sources told CNN.

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