Saif Al Adel The New Al Qaeda Leader – WASHINGTON: Al-Qaida has chosen a former Egyptian Special Forces officer as interim leader of the violent extremist group in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death earlier this month, CNN reported on Tuesday.
Saif al-Adel, a top al-Qaida strategist and senior military leader, has been tapped as “caretaker” chief of the group, CNN reported, citing former Libyan militant Noman Benotman, who has renounced al-Qaida’s ideology.
Pakistan’s The News newspaper corroborated the claim, citing unnamed sources in an article datelined Rawalpindi, a city home to the military headquarters of the Pakistani Armed Forces near the capital Islamabad.
The decision to chose Adel, also known as Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi, came as militants grew increasingly restive over the lack of a formal successor to bin Laden, who was killed in a dramatic US commando raid deep in Pakistan on May 2, Benotman told CNN.
Noman Benotman, an influential personality, confirmed this news. He also said that Al Adel has played an important role in Al Qaeda which makes him the next leader.
The decision to make Saif Al Adel at that said position did not came from the council of Al Qaeda, but just from six to eight group leaders in the Afghanistan and Pakistan border.
Wonder how he looks like? The picture above is Saif Al Adel.
Conspiracy to Kill United States Nationals, to Murder, to Destroy Buildings and Property of the United States, and to Destroy the National Defense Utilities of the United States
Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi, Seif Al Adel, Ibrahim Al-Madani
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|Al-Adel is thought to be affiliated with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), and is believed to be a high-ranking member of the Al-Qaeda organization.
Saif Al-Adel is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya.
The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Saif Al-Adel.
SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS
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