Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was killed in Kabul on Monday, carried an award of $25million for information on him. The reward has been announced by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) on its website.
According to it, the Al Qaeda leader was born in Egypt and is a surgeon. As per FBI, "Al-Zawahiri is a physician and the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ). This organization opposes the secular Egyptian Government and seeks its overthrow through violent means. In approximately 1998, the EIJ led by Al-Zawahiri merged with Al Qaeda.
'He used many aliases like Abu Muhammad, Abu Fatima, Muhammad Ibrahim, Abu Abdallah, Abu al-Mu'iz, The Doctor, The Teacher, Nur, Ustaz, Abu Mohammed, Abu Mohammed Nur al-Deen, Abdel Muaz, Dr. Ayman al Zawahiri during his terrorism career.
He was often seen in videos and pictures of the once charismatic leader Osama bin Laden circulated by the group.
After his death, he couldn’t keep the outfit together and it is now divided into many groups and has lost its sting. Zawahiri lacked the charisma of his leader and also his group faced intense pressure in the US-led global war on terror.
Also, the rise of more radical groups like ISIS had relegated Al Qaeda in to the oblivion. Analysts say his passing away will have little impact on Islamic terrorism yet it sends a signal to the groups like ISIS that the fight against terrorism is to the finish.
For India, it holds the hope of justice for the killers and masterminds of the Mumbai Attack in which 174 people, including five Americans, were killed by a 10-member terrorist group sent by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-toiba through the sea route.
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