The Chosen One? Al-Qaeda Is Grooming Its Next Leader

One day before the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Al-Qaeda alerted the world that it would release four messages to coincide with the day the group became the most notorious jihadi group in the world. The post showed the Twin Towers in flames, and the silhouette of a plane approaching. But most interestingly, it depticted…

A file photo dated 26 May 1998 shows Saudi dissident and Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden (C) speaking at a news conference in Khost, southern Afghanistan. On his right is Egypt’s Islamic leader Dr Aiman Al-Zawahiri and on his left is his right-hand man, Shaikh Taiseer Abdullah. A top al Qaeda leader in Saudi Arabia said Osama bin Laden’s group was helping Muslim militants fighting to expel U.S. forces from Iraq, according to a statement posted on Islamist Web sites on Friday, 14 May 2004 media reported. It also claimed responsibility for a shooting this month in Saudi Arabia that killed five Westerners and vowed more deadly attacks in the world’s largest oil exporter and other Muslim states. EPA/STRINGER

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