Following Reported Death In Drone Strike Of Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri – Exclusive MEMRI Jihad And Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) Analysis Of Al-Qaeda's Remaining Leadership

July 20, 2022

On August 1, 2022, the Associated Press reported that Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri had been killed in a drone strike.[1] The strike immediately prompted questions of who is likely to take over leadership of the organization – a power transfer that has not happened since Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011. The MEMRI Jihad And Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) research team published an analysis two weeks ago on Al-Qaeda's leadership, titled "A Look Into Al-Qaeda's Current Leaders." The following is that analysis.


[i], August 1, 2022.

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