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Ayman al-Zawahiri
أيمن محمد ربيع الظواهري
Born Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri
19 June 1951 (1951-06-19) (age 68)
Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Alma mater Cairo University
Occupation Leader of al-Qaeda
Religion Sunni Islam (Qutbism)[1]
Spouse Azza Ahmed
(m. 1978–2001, her death), Umaima Hassan
Military career
Allegiance Flag of al-Qaeda in Iraq.svg Al-Qaeda
Years of service 1998–present
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
War in North-West Pakistan

Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri (Arabic: أيمن محمد ربيع الظواهري  ʾAyman Muḥammad Rabīʿ aẓ-Ẓawāhirī, born 19 June 1951) is an Egyptian physician,[2] Islamic theologian and current leader of the militant Islamist organization al-Qaeda.[3] Ayman al-Zawahiri is a former member of Islamist organizations which have both orchestrated and carried out multiple attacks on the continents of North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In 2012 he called on fellow Muslims to kidnap western tourists in Muslim countries.[4]

Since the September 11 attacks, U.S. State Department has offered a US$ 25 million reward for information leading to al-Zawahiri's arrest.[5] He is under worldwide sanctions by the United Nations Security Council 1267 Committee as a member or affiliate of al-Qaeda.[6]

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.[7]

al-Zawahiri is the author of several works including numerous al-Qaeda statements. He speaks Arabic, English[8][9] and French.