Flogging a dead terrorist by the methods of your former boss’ playbook, how it’s done:
Remember: the US Government is the only source for the news of Bin Laden’s assassination by the US Government. There have been many reports of his death before the alleged assassination. There are no three independent sources to verify any of their claims.
No three sources, as opposed to Arab News in 2020, which themselves display a very cautious tone, but, formally, are way more based, despite the Israeli commentator’s opinions on WION TV:
Ayman al-Zawahiri ‘dead’ – Al-Qaeda boss dies from asthma in Afghan mountain hideout, reports claim
- The Sun 11:52, 20 Nov 2020
- Updated: 12:55, 20 Nov 2020
AL-QAEDA leader Ayman al-Zawahiri who took over after the death of Osama bin Laden has reportedly died in Afghanistan.
Al-Zawahiri – sometimes dubbed Dr Death – last appeared in a video message for the group on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the US.
US intelligence officials are reportedly aware of the reports and are attempting to confirm whether or not they are true.
The Sun Online has contacted the UK Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office.
An al-Qaeda translator told Arab News: “He died last week in Ghazni. He died of asthma because he had no formal treatment.”
A Pakistani security official added: “We believe he is no longer alive. We are firm that he has died of natural causes.”
Another source close to al-Qaeda said he died earlier this month and a small number of followers attended his funeral in Ghazni.
“What we know is that he was having some breathing issues and has passed away somewhere in Afghanistan,” they said.
Other security sources were cited as being aware the terrorist was “extremely ill” and another said he was in “unstable health”.
It comes after the death of al-Qaeda’s second in command Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri.
He was reportedly shot dead along with his daughter by two hitmen actin on US orders on a motorcycle in Tehran, Iran, in August.
It also follows the death of Hamza bin Laden – Osama’s son – in a US counter terrorism operation in 2019.
All three of their deaths in such quick succession opens up a potential power vacuum at the top of the evil organisation.
The FBI still lists al-Masri and al-Zawahiri on their most wanted terrorists page, with the bounty on the al-Qaeda boss’s head being $25million.
The terrorist is described as “armed and dangerous”.
He was indicted for his role in the devastating attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 224 people and injured thousands more in 1998.
In 2005, he praised the 7/7 London bombings, which left 56 dead — calling
Britain “one of the severest enemies of Islam”.
Al- Zawahiri, a former Egyptian eye surgeon, succeeded bin Laden after he was killed by US special forces during a daring raid on his compound in 2011.
He had been seen as the brains behind the global terrorist network while bin Laden was the charismatic leader.
The terrorist has remained in hiding for almost 20 years despite a manhunt being launched after the September 11 attacks.
He last appeared in a 45-minute video message this September to celebrate the World Trade Centre atrocity that killed 2,996 people.
“Flames of war between the Crusaders and the Muslims have not been extinguished,” the terrorist said.
Al-Zawahiri also raged against the US for tightening ties with Israel.
And he accused any Muslim nations normalizing relations with Israel of being “dangerous enemies”.
Al-Zawahiri was born into a family of wealthy doctors and scholars in Cairo, with his grandfather being the grand imam of al-Azhar, the centre of Sunni Islamic learning in the Middle East.
Zawahiri excelled at school and enjoyed poetry but is said to have loathed “violent” sport.
He was just 15-years-old when he was first arrested for being in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
In 1974, he graduated from Cairo University’s medical school, where his father was a professor.
THE ORIGINAL SOURCE OF THE CLAIM:
Al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri has died in Afghanistan — sources
Arab News, November 20, 2020, Updated 21 November 2020
- Arab News spoke to several security sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan to confirm Zawahiri’s death, two said he had died
- If confirmed, Zawahiri’s death opens up a leadership vacuum within Al-Qaeda as two senior commanders in line to replace him have been killed recently
ISLAMABAD/KABUL: Egyptian national Ayman Al-Zawahiri, 69, has died in Afghanistan likely of natural causes, several sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan told Arab News this week, just days after reports of the Al-Qaeda leader’s passing made the rounds on social media.
Zawahiri’s last appearance was in a video message on this year’s anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
His death, if confirmed, opens up a deep leadership vacuum within Al-Qaeda as at least two senior commanders who would have been in line to replace him have been killed recently: Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a US counter-terrorism operation, the White House announced last year; and Abu Muhamamd Al-Masri, believed to be Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, who was killed in Iran this year, according to media reports.
Arab News spoke to at least four security sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan to confirm Zawahiri’s death. Two said he had died. All spoke off the record as they were not authorized to speak to the media on the issue.
“He [Zawahiri] died last week in Ghazni,” an Al-Qaeda translator who still enjoys close ties with the group, told Arab News on Tuesday. “He died of asthma because he had no formal treatment.”
A Pakistani security official based in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan also said Zawahiri had died.
“We believe he is no longer alive,” he said, declining to be named. “We are firm that he has died of natural causes.”
A source close to Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan told Arab News on Monday that the militant leader had passed away this month, November, and a limited number of followers had attended his funeral prayers.
The source did not clarify if the funeral prayers were held in absentia or offered as Zawahiri’s body was being buried.
“What we know is that he was having some breathing issues and has passed away somewhere in Afghanistan,” the Al-Qaeda source said.
A Pakistani security officer who is privy to ongoing anti-terror operations said: “We have received the same information that Zawahiri died about a month ago.”
The source declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the media on the subject.
Another Pakistani source, a civilian intelligence official, said Zawahiri’s last movements were inside Afghanistan where he was known to have been in “unstable” health. But the intelligence official could not confirm if he had died.
“To my knowledge he was extremely ill and had the issue of kidney failure,” the intelligence official said. “He was unable to manage his dialysis but I still need to confirm if he has died.”
US officials told the Associated Press this week they could not confirm reports of Zawahiri’s death but the US intelligence community was aware of the news and trying to determine its credibility.
A spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security spy agency told Arab News he had not heard about Zawahiri’s death and the organization had no comment on the matter.
Arab News has not been able to independently verify the claims by its sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Although Al-Qaeda has been overshadowed in recent years by the rise of the Daesh group, it remains resilient and has active affiliates around the globe, a United Nations counterterrorism report issued in July concluded.
Among the top leaders of Al-Qaeda who are still at large and could succeed Zawahiri is Saif Al-Adl, who is a head of the militant group’s Shoura Council. Adl has been on the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists since its inception in 2001 and the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering up to $10 million for information on his location.
*With contributions from Naimat Khan in Karachi and Rehmat Mehsud in Peshawar
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