Al-qaeda: A new leader emerges


Al-Qaeda, has appointed a new leader to take the place of Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a raid by United States Navy SEALs in his hideout in Abottabad, Pakistan on May 2. Al-Jazeera television and Cable News Network named him as Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian former special forces officer who is a veteran militant. According to the FBI, al-Adel — who has a $5 million bounty on his head — also goes by the names Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi and Ibrahim Al-Madani.
A report in the Pakistani daily, The News, today said al-Adel was chosen as ‘interim leader‘ of the organisation after a meeting at an ‘undisclosed location‘.Reuters reports that al-Adel was in Afghanistan during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and subsequently fled to Iran. According to media reports at the time, the Iranian government held Al-Qaeda members who escaped the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan under some form of house arrest and al-Adel was one of that group.However, according to Arab media reports, the Iranian authorities released al-Adel from custody about a year ago and he is presumed to have then moved to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. – Punch

Less than a month after the infamous Osama Bin Laden was reported dead, the terrorist group has named another leader. For those who thought the death of Osama was a huge blow on global terrorism or at least a hitch in the path of these villians, they might have been wrong. For what it was worth, Bin Laden might not have been much more than a notable fish in a really large sea.

Obanor Chukwuwezam


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