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Who will head Al Qaeda ?
Washington, MAY 3 (AGENCIES):
Published on 4 May. 2011 1:04 AM IST
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His face on the FBI’s website was still there Monday, now marked in red with a simple epitaph: Deceased. No new photo has yet gone up yet to replace Osama bin Laden on the list of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives. But many experts believe Ayman al Zawahiri — al Qaeda’s chief organizer and bin Laden’s closest confidante — will likely step up to take control of the terrorist network in the wake of his death.
“Certain Zawahiri is very high up on the list,” said Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “I think we’ll find out for sure before long. We have a target list and I think that target list will probably stay intact. “ There are more than two dozen men counted by the FBI on its list of the world’s most dangerous terrorists, including Zawahiri, a very public face within al Qaeda, but considered by some experts to be a polarizing figure without bin Laden’s considerable charisma. Not specifically on that list, but also targeted by the U.S. is Anwar al Awaki, an American-born Muslim cleric believed to be in the mountains of southern Yemen. Suspected by authorities of involvement in the Christmas Day plot to bomb a Detroit-bound jet and the October 2010 scheme to send mail bombs on planes from Yemen to the United States, Awaki has also been linked to the Fort Hood, Texas, shooter, Maj. Nidal Hassan.

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