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Al-Qaeda 2.0 (2019)

a critical reader

in: Oxford scholarship online

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Abstract

On 16 June 2011, three days before his 60th birthday, Ayman al-Zawahiri was declared the new leader of Al-Qaeda, replacing the fallen Osama bin Laden. The veteran Egyptian jihadist had little of his predecessor's charisma & enjoyed much less popularity, respect & celebrity. Yet, as scores of jihadi commanders have succumbed to their enemies' missiles, bombs & bullets, Zawahiri has soldiered on. His tenure as Al-Qaeda's leader has been marked by some of its darkest moments. The gravest such development has been the emergence of Islamic State as a separate & rival jihadist entity. The best way to gauge Zawahiri's response to these threats is by studying the official statements & public communiqu├ęs that he has issued since taking the reins. This book provides the reader with professional translations of Zawahiri's key statements during his first five years as leader of Al-Qaeda.

Keywords

Terrorism, Islam and politics, History

Languages

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

9780190942939

DOI

10.1093/oso/9780190856441.001.0001

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