The assassination of Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri in a US drone attack has left the terror group without an ’emir’. Saif al-Adel, a senior al-Qaida leader, is expected to take over the reins of the group.
Here is a brief profile of Saif al-Adel:
He is on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list. The agency states on its website that al-Adel was born on April 11, although his year of birth is 1960 or 1963. He has used aliases such as Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi, Seif Al Adel, Ibrahim Al-Madani. The FBI has announced a $10 million reward for all information about him.
According to the Middle East Institute, Saif al-Adel is an Egyptian ex-army officer and one of the founders of Al Qaeda. He had joined the forerunner of the terror group Maktab al-Khidmat in the 1980s.
Saif al-Adel met Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri during this period and joined their group Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ). He also fought against Russian forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
The Most Wanted Terrorist is wanted in connection with “conspiracy to kill United States nationals, murder, destroying United States buildings and property, and destroying the United States’ National Defense Utilities,” the statement said. FBI.
The US is also looking for him for the August 1998 bombings of US embassies in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Nairobi (Kenya). He also oversaw the ambush of US troops and helicopters in Mogadishu, Somalia – the infamous ‘Black Hawk Down’ incident that killed 18 Americans.