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Ayman al-Zawahiri
أيمن محمد ربيع الظواهري
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Born
Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri

19 June 1951 (1951-06-19) (age 69)
Maadi, Cairo, Egypt
NationalityEgyptian
Alma materCairo University
OccupationLeader of al-Qaeda
Surgeon
Spouse(s)Azza Ahmed
(m. 1978–2001, her death), Umaima Hassan
Children
Military career
AllegianceFlag of al-Qaeda in Iraq.svg Al-Qaeda
Years of service1998–present
Battles/warsWar 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.

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