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FILE - This image made from videotape posted on the Internet on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 shows al-Qaida's then deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri. Al-Qaida has selected its longtime No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, to succeed Osama bin Laden following last month's U.S. commando raid that killed the terror leader, according to a statement posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 on a website affiliated with the network. (AP Photo/AP Television News, File)

Al-Zawahri succeeds bin Laden as al-Qaida leader

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CAIRO (AP) -- Osama bin Laden's longtime deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, a fiery ideologue who is known for his deep hatred of the West and helped plan the 9/11 attacks, has taken control of al-Qaida after the death last month of the terror network's founder, the group said Thursday.

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