Ayman al-Zawahiri

Ayman al-Zawahiri
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Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, November 2001.
Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri

(1951-06-19) 19 June 1951 (age 68)
Alma materCairo University
OccupationEmir of al-Qaeda
Spouse(s)Azza Ahmed
(m. 1978–2001, her death), Umaima Hassan
Military career
Allegiance25px Egyptian Islamic Jihad (1980–1998)[1]
25px al-Qaeda
Years of service1980–present
RankEmir of al-Qaeda
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
War in North-West Pakistan
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Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri [3] was born 19 June 1951. He is an Egyptian physician,[4] Islamic theologian and current leader of the militant Islamist organization al-Qaeda.[5] Ayman al-Zawahiri is a former member of Islamist organizations which have organised and carried out attacks in North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In 2012 he called on fellow Muslims to kidnap western tourists in Muslim countries.[6]

Since the September 11 attacks, U.S. State Department has offered a US$ 25 million reward for information leading to al-Zawahiri's arrest.[7] He is under worldwide sanctions by the United Nations Security Council 1267 Committee as a member or affiliate of al-Qaeda.[8]

Earlier life

al-Zawahiri studied medicine in Cairo. He successfully completed his studies in 1974. For three years, he worked as a surgeon in the Egyptian army. After that, he worked in a hospital in Cairo. In 1980 and 1981, al-Zawahiri travelled to Pakistan to help the Red Crescent movement.[9]

al-Zawahiri is the author of several works including numerous al-Qaeda statements. He speaks Arabic, English[10][11] and French.


  1. "Ayman al Zawahiri". Retrieved 8/09/2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. Islamism: a documentary and reference guide (2008) Dr. John Calvert
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  4. "AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI". Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  5. "Zawahiri 'becomes al-Qaeda chief'". 16 June 2011 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  6. CNN, By Chelsea J. Carter. "Al Qaeda leader calls for kidnapping of Westerners". CNN.
  7. "CNN Programs - People in the News". edition.cnn.com.
  8. "UN list of affiliates of al-Qaeda and the Taliban".
  9. "Succession to throne: Ayman al Zawahiri named head of al Qaeda". The Express Tribune.
  10. "Al-Qaeda Deputy Head Ayman Al-Zawahiri in Audio Recording: Musharraf Accepted Israel's Existence".
  11. Wilkinson, Isambard (11 August 2008). "Al-Qa'eda chief Ayman Zawahiri attacks Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf in video". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 26 April 2010.