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The Egyptian militant has filled the power vacuum left by Osama Bin Laden after he was taken out by Navy SEALs' in the deadly raid on his Pakistani hideout.
Already the terror group's operational leader he is now in overall charge while the organization collects pledges to appoint Ayman al-Zawahri, bin Laden's top deputy, as Al Qaeda's new leader. Noman Benotman, an analyst with the Quilliam Foundation think tank and a former associate of bin Laden, told Reuters contacts in jihadist circleshad confirmed this succession.
He told them: "This role that he has assumed is not as overall leader, but he is in charge in operational and military terms."
As we reported here he is thought to have established the group's training facility at Ras Kamboni in Somalia and may have trained Somalis who took part in the first battle of Mogadishu against US forces which saw two Black Hawk helicopters shot down by rocket propelled grenades.
He's believed to be in Iran, which he has a long standing relationship with going back to the early 1990's.
There is $5million bounty on his head but it is not known whether that will rise now he is top dog.