Current leaders of al - Quaida | Top 5




POSSIBLE SUCCESSOR TO BIN LADEN

Ayman al-Zawahiri

Nationality: Egypt
Advisor and second in command to bin Laden, most likely to succeed him. Head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad group.
POSSIBLE SUCCESSOR TO BIN LADEN

Anwar al-Awlaki

Nationality: United States. Holds dual American and Yemeni citizenship.
Leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and considered a possible successor to bin Laden.

Saif al-Adel

Nationality: Egypt
Security operations, succeeded Mohammed Atef. Former Eqyptian army officer who joined the mujahideen in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Reportedly being held under house arrest in Iran, but may have been released.

Adnan Gulshair el-Shukrijumah

Nationality: Saudi Arabia
Operations. Lived in the United States with his father, a Muslim cleric.

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah

Nationality: Egypt
Financial operations.

Adam Gadhan

Nationality: United States
Propagandist. Grew up in California and converted to Islam as a teenager. Moved to Pakistan in 1998 and appeared in several Al Qaeda videos. Indicted and charged with treason in 2006.



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