Al-Zawahiri named head of al-Qaeda

Man described as "the brains behind bin Laden" had been group's second-in-command for several years.

    Al-Qaeda has appointed Ayman al-Zawahiri as its new leader following the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    Egyptian-born al-Zawahiri went into hiding after a US-led coalition overthrew the Taliban in 2001.

    He has often been called "the brains behind bin Laden" and has been the group's second-in-command for several years.

    Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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