Pro-Al-Qaeda Reporter Claims Group Is Covering Up The Killing Of 'Al-Zawahiri's Successor' And Widow Of Bin Laden's Son In Tehran

October 20, 2020

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On October 19, 2020 Rocket.Chat user @awrakmuhajir shared a report alleging that high-ranking Al-Qaeda commander Abu Muhammad Al-Masri, also known as Habib Dawoodi was killed in Tehran under mysterious circumstances, along with his daughter Mariam, whom the report said was "the widow of Hamzah Bin Laden."[1]

Dated October 19 and credited to an author known only as 'Jassim,' the report suggested that Al-Qaeda's leadership are aware of Al-Masri's death, but decided to cover it up in order to prevent further divisions within group and to spare Iranian authorities, who are currently hosting some high ranking members of the group, any embarrassment.

According to the report, on August 7 Iran's Faris News Agency tweeted a breaking report that "A gunman on a motorcycle killed a Lebanese father and daughter in Tehran's Al-Bustan neighborhood at 9:00 p.m." According to the report shared on Rochet.Chat, the two victims were Habib and Mariam Dawoodi.

"[Faris News] Agency, along with other Iranian and Arab media outlets, provided different versions of the story, claiming in some cases that the victims were Lebanese nationals who may have been affiliated with Lebanese Hezbollah," claimed the report.

The author implied that some media outlets attempted to cover up the news by publishing conflicting details regarding the way the victims were killed, their nationality, age, and description. 

To support his argument, the reporter included links to different versions of the story published in Arabic by Faris News Agency and other media outlets.

Claiming that he was "motivated by his investigative instinct as a reporter," Jassim explained that he contacted some of his sources, whom he knows well after waging jihad together in Afghanistan.

"I asked my exclusive sources about some high-ranking members of the group [Al-Qaeda] and their families, who have been residing in Tehran for quite some time. Their answers confirmed to me that the [two people] who were slain were Abu Mohammad Al-Masri (born in western Egypt in 1963) and his daughter, who was the widow of Hamzah Bin Laden. She was 27 years old, the same age mentioned in the story," wrote the reporter.

He claimed that Al-Masri was intended to be the successor of Al-Qaeda's top leader, Ayman Al-Zawhiri, and that he was living in Iran along with Egyptian Saif Al-Adel, who is "Al-Qaeda's third in command."

The reporter concluded that Al-Masri's death will impact the future of Al-Qaeda and its organizational structure. He urged the group's leadership to clarify the "ambiguity" surrounding the killing: "Covering up the news to spare Iranian hospitality the embarrassment will lead to further divisions within the group and further losses."  


[1], October 19, 2020.

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