Egyptian Saif al-Adel new al-Qaeda leader

Al-Qaeda has chosen a former Egyptian Special Forces officer as interim leader of the violent extremist group in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death earlier this month.

Saif al-Adel, a top al-Qaeda strategist and senior military leader, has been appointed as “caretaker” chief of the group, CNN reported, citing former Libyan militant Noman Benotman, who has renounced al-Qaeda’s ideology.

Bin Laden’s long-time deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, another Egyptian, is considered to be his presumed successor. Benotman said the appointment of Adel on a temporary basis may be a way for the group to gauge reaction to having someone outside the Muslim holy region of the Arabian Peninsula at the helm.

Aliases – Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi, Seif Al Adel, Ibrahim al-Madani


Saif al-Adel is believed to be affiliated with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ). He has been indicted for his alleged role in the August 7, 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya.

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2 Responses to Egyptian Saif al-Adel new al-Qaeda leader

  1. lazersedge Reply

    May 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Let us see if we can make it a very temporary appointment.

  2. Jihad punk Reply

    May 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Just blow the fucker up and let’s move on eh?

    Even better…nuke all Islamic countries and blow Islam the fuck away.

    Damn thing is insidious. It’s poisoning everywhere.

    Kill it…and them. Gimme a button to press.

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