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5 points on hoping to replace Zawahiri as al Qaeda chief



According to the FBI, al-Adel is a high-ranking member of al-Qaeda.

The killing of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a US drone strike has left the terrorist group without a ‘rich’. Saif al-Adel, a senior al Qaeda leader, is expected to take the reins of the group.

Here is a brief profile of Saif Al-Adel:

  1. He is on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorists. The agency mentions on its website that al-Adel was born on April 11, although his year of birth is either 1960 or 1963. He has used surnames such as Muhammad Ibrahim Makawi, Safe al-Adel, Ibrahim al-Madani. The FBI has announced a $10 million reward for any information on him.

  2. According to the Middle East Institute, Saif al-Adel is a former Egyptian army officer and a founding member of Al Qaeda. He had joined the erstwhile terror group Maktab al-Khidmat in the 1980s.

  3. Saif al-Adel met Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri during this period and their group joined the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ). He also fought with Russian forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

  4. According to the FBI, a ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ is being sought in connection with “conspiracy to kill United States citizens, murder, destruction of United States buildings and property, and United States national defense utilities”. .

  5. The US is also looking for him for the August 1998 bombings targeting US embassies in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Nairobi (Kenya). He also oversaw the ambush of US forces and helicopters in Mogadishu, Somalia – the infamous “Black Hawk Down” incident that killed 18 Americans.