Ayman al-Zawahiri has been the leader of Al-Qaeda since 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. He emerged as bin Laden’s personal advisor and physician. He is often credited with being the “real brains” of Al-Qaeda. With the rise of DA’ISH, the influence of Al-Qaeda has started to wane.
Source of Influence: Extremists
Influence:Leader of Al-Qaeda
Status: Featured in current year