CAIRO, Egypt -- Osama bin Laden's longtime deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri,
who is known for his deep hatred of the West and helped plan the Sept.
11, 2001, attacks, has taken control of al-Qaida after the death last
month of the terrorism network's founder, the group said Thursday.
an Egyptian-born surgeon, has been credited with bringing tactical and
organizational cunning to al-Qaida, which has found itself increasingly
decentralized and prone to internal disputes following its expulsion
from Afghanistan after the 2001 U.S. invasion.
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