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Ayman al-Zawahiri was born to a prominent middle class family in Maadi, Egypt, a suburb of Cairo, and was reportedly a studious youth. His father, Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri, was a pharmacologist and a professor coming from a large family of doctors and scholars, while his mother, Umayma Azzam came from a wealthy and politised clan. A bit of a bookworm, he excelled in school, loved poetry and had a deep affection to his mother.[1]

He grew more religious than his relatively secular family, and by fourteen joined an Islamist group called the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin), and had become a student and follower of Sayyid Qutb.[2]

Al-Zawahiri studied behavior, psychology and pharmacology at Cairo University, graduating in 1974 with gayyid giddan, and earning a Masters degree in surgery in 1978.[3] By 1979 he had moved on to the much more radical Islamic Jihad, where he eventually became one of its leading organizers and recruiters. He was one of hundreds arrested following the assassination of Anwar Sadat. Al-Zawahiri's lawyer Muntasir Al-Zayyat contends that Zawahiri was tortured in prison.[4] [5] However, the Egyptian government was unable to prove any connection between al-Zawahiri and the assassination and he was released after serving jail time for illegal arms possession.[citation needed]

In the 1980s he journeyed to Afghanistan to participate in the mujahideen resistance against the Soviet Union's occupation. There he met Osama bin Laden, who was running a base for mujahideen called Maktab al-Khadamat (MAK); both of them worked under the tutelage of the Palestinian Abdullah Yusuf Azzam; later when the MAK fractured al-Zawahiri joined bin Laden in organizing the al-Qaeda group.

In 1990 al-Zawahiri returned to Egypt, where he continued to push Islamic Jihad in more radical directions employing knowledge and tactics learned in Afghanistan.

In 1996, he was considered a terrorist who could strike against the USA. A warning issued at the time specified suicide bombing as the likely form of attack.[citation needed] In late 1996 he was detained in Russia for six months by the FSB after he apparently tried to recruit jihadists in Chechnya. According to the FSB spokesman Sergei Ignatchenko, "He had four passports, in four different names and nationalities. We checked him out in every country, but they could not confirm him. We could not keep him forever, so we took him to the Azerbaijani border and let him go." In 1997 he was held responsible for the massacre of 62 foreign tourists in the Egyptian town of Luxor (November 1997 Luxor massacre), for which he was sentenced to death in absentia in 1999 by an Egyptian military tribunal.

On February 23, 1998, he issued a joint fatwa with Osama bin Laden under the title "World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders", an important step in broadening their conflicts to a global scale.

On October 10, 2001 Dr. al-Zawahiri appeared on the initial list of the FBI's top 22 Most Wanted Terrorists, which was released to the public by President Bush.

In December 2001, he published the book Knights Under the Prophet's Banner outlining al-Qaeda ideology.[6] English translations of this book were published, but are currently difficult to locate due to security reasons. However, extracts are available online.[7] He is also currently working on another book.[citation needed]

Following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, al-Zawahiri's whereabouts are unclear. It seems likely he stays with bin Laden in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. On December 3, 2001, airstrikes were launched on a complex of caves near Jalalabad. Zawahiri's wife, Azza, and their three children were reportedly killed in the attack.

On January 13, 2006, the CIA launched an airstrike on Damadola, a Pakistani village near the Afghan border, where they believed al-Zawahiri was located. The airstrike was reported to have killed al-Zawahiri and was in international news the following days. Many victims were buried without being identified. Anonymous U.S. government officials claimed that some terrorists were killed and the Bajaur tribal area government confirmed that at least four terrorists were among the dead. Anti-American protests broke out around the country and Pakistan's government condemned the U.S. attack and the loss of innocent life. On January 30th a new video was released showing al-Zawahiri unhurt. The video did discuss the airstrike, but did not reveal if Al-Zawahiri was present in the village at that time.

Pakistani intelligence sources [8] confirmed that Zawahiri was the target of a Predator missile strike October 30, 2006 on a madrassa in Pakistan.

Early September 2003 - A video showing al-Zawahiri and bin Laden walking together, as well as an audiotape, is released to the al-Jazeera network.

September 9, 2004 - Another video is released announcing more assaults.

August 4, 2005 - He issues a televised statement blaming Tony Blair and his government's foreign policy for the July 2005 London bombings[9].

September 1, 2005 - al-Jazeera broadcasts a video message from Mohammed Sidique Khan, one of bombers of the London metro. His message is followed by another message from al-Zawahiri, blaming again Blair for the bombings[10].

19 September 2005 - He claims responsibility for the London bombings.[11]

December 7, 2005 - The full 40 minute interview from September is posted on the Internet with previously unseen video footage. See below for links.

January 6, 2006 - al-Zawahiri says U.S. President Bush's plan to withdraw troops from Iraq means Washington had been defeated in Iraq. al-Zawahiri is quoted as saying, "Bush, you must confess that you have been defeated in Iraq and in Afghanistan and you will be in Palestine soon." al-Zawahiri also conveys his condolences to the people of Pakistan struck by the catastrophic 2005 Kashmir Earthquake.

January 30, 2006 - In a video broadcast by al-Jazeera, he mocks Bush and brands him the "Butcher of Washington." The video also proves that he was not killed in a recent Pakistan airstrike. al-Zawahiri promises that the next terrorist attack would be on U.S. soil. [12]

April 27, 2006 - al-Zawahiri says in a video that the terror network's branch in Iraq has succeeded in "breaking the back" of the U.S. military with hundreds of suicide bombings.[13]

June 9, 2006 - In a video broadcast by al-Jazeera, he praises the work of the al-Qaeda in Iraq leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed by two 500lbs. bombs in an isolated safehouse in Baquba, Iraq. In the following statements, al-Qaeda still proposes to carry out imminent terrorist attacks including New York and London.

June 22, 2006 - al-Zawahiri urged Afghans to fight foreign soldiers in Afghanistan [14]

July 7, 2006 - One year after the train bombings in London Ayman al-Zawahiri reveals that two of the suicide bombers were trained by al-Qaeda in Pakistan.

July 27, 2006 - al-Zawahiri shows his support for the insurgents in Gaza and South-Lebanon.[15]

August 5, 2006 - al-Qaeda has joined forces with the long-quiet Egyptian militant group al-Jamaa Islamiya, according to a videotaped message, saying that the two groups will form "one line, facing its enemies."[16]

September 10, 2006 - A video-interview with al-Zawahiri of over an hour length is published on several internet sites. He makes reference to the situations in Gaza, Lebanon, Somalia and to the historic figure Dr. Brydon. [17] On the fifth anniversary of his terror network's most infamous attacks, al-Zawahiri appears in a video carried by al-Jazeera. The video follows others appearing in the weeks before, but makes specific reference to recent events in Lebanon and the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers by militants. Ayman al-Zawahiri warns of new attacks in the Persian Gulf and Israel.[18][19]

September 29, 2006 - al-Zawahiri commented in a videomessage on the recent Pope Benedict XVI Islam controversy. He called the pope a charlatan, but didn't call for any action.

December 20, 2006 - al-Zawahiri speaks out against early elections for the Palestinian Authority. [20]

January 5, 2007 - al-Zawahiri showed his support for the Islamic Courts Union after the intervention of Ethiopia in Somalia.

January 22, 2007 - al-Zawahiri ridicules Bush's plan to send 20,000 more US Troops into Iraq. [21]

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Al Qaeda Number 2 Ayman Al-Zawahiri Condemns Hamas for Accepting Unity Deal With Fatah

Sunday, March 11, 2007

CAIRO, Egypt    Al Qaeda's number two leader criticized the Palestinian Hamas for agreeing to respect past agreements with Israel as part of an accord to form a national unity government, according to an audio recording broadcast Sunday by Al-Jazeera satellite channel.

Ayman Al-Zawahiri's message was broadcast just minutes before the Israeli prime minister and the moderate Palestinian president ended their meeting in Jerusalem.

Al-Zawahiri, lieutenant to Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden, lashed out at Hamas over agreeing last month in the Saudi holy city of Mecca to forming a national unity government. Under that accord, the new government only agrees to "respect" past agreements, falling short of the international conditions.

Hamas and the Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are under pressure to agree on the final details of the Cabinet ahead of an Arab summit later this month that is expected to relaunch an initiative for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

"Hamas has fallen in the swamp of surrender," Ayman al-Zawahiri said in the excerpts broadcast by the Qatari-based channel

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