Ayman Al Zawahiri

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Ayman Al Zawahiri

Source of Influence: Extremists

Influence: Leader of Al-Qaeda

Status: Featured in current year

Ayman al-Zawahiri is now the leader of al-Qaeda following the killing of Osama bin Laden. An alleged radical since the age of 15, he went on to become the leader of Egypt’s Islamic Jihad, which he merged into al-Qaeda in 1998, becoming bin Laden’s personal advisor and physician where he was credited for serving as the “real brains” of al-Qaeda. With the rise of DA’ISH, the influence of al-Qaeda has started to wane.