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Ayman al-Zawahiri's Biography

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Ayman al-Zawahiri was born in Cairo, Egypt, on 19 June 1951.

Ayman al-Zawahiri's father Mohammed was a pharmacology professor. Whilst, Ayman al-Zawahiri's grandfather Rabia was the grand imam of al-Azhar, and one of his uncles was the first secretary-general of the Arab League.

Aged 15, he was arrested for being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

He studied medicine at Cairo University's medical school, and did a masters degree in surgery.

Ayman al-Zawahiri was an original member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad militant group, which was formed in 1973.

In 1981 he was imprisoned for the illegal possession of arms.

In 1998, as leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, al-Zawahiri joined with other radical Islamist militant groups, including al-Qaeda, in forming the World Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders.

Soon after 9/11, Ayman al-Zawahiri's wife and several children were reportedly killed by American bombing in Afghanistan.

In June 2011 Ayman al-Zawahiri was appointed as al-Qaeda's head following the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Ayman al-Zawahiri was quoted in The Telegraph as saying: "The new President Obama did not change anything of the image of America towards Muslims and the oppressed...It is America that is still killing Muslims in Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It is America that steals their fortunes, occupies their land, and supports the thieving, corrupt, and traitor rulers in their countries."


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