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Here's a look at the life of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Birth date: June 19, 1951
Birth name: Ayman Muhammad Rabi al-Zawahiri
Father: Rabie al-Zawahiri, professor of pharmacology
Mother: Umayma al-Zawahiri
Marriages: Unknown publicly
Children: Unknown publicly
Education: Cairo University, 1974, master's degree in surgery, 1978
Acted aspersonal physician.
His grandfather, Rabia'a al-Zawahiri, was an imam at . His great-uncle, Abdel Rahman Azzam, was the first secretary of the
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Video: Afghan general faces Taliban with 'optimism' (CNN)
The US State Department is offering afor information leading directly to the capture of Zawahiri.
Asuggests his location as somewhere in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and that he may be too frail to be featured in propaganda.
1970s - Zawahiri and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad work to overthrow Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and establish an Islamic state.
1980s - Joins the Mujahedeen who are fighting Soviet forces occupying Afghanistan.
1981 -He is not charged in connection to the assassination, but is sentenced to three years in prison for weapons possession.
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August 7, 1998 - Suicide bombers attack the.
1998 -Zawahiri and bin Laden issue a fatwa, published in an Arab newspaper, stating that Muslims should kill Americans around the world.
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October 2012 -an American citizen in . Weinstein, a development expert, was abducted in 2011 from his home in Lahore, Pakistan. Zawahiri encourages followers to kidnap more westerners.
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May 2016 - A man purporting to be Zawahiri, Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, in a recently released audio statement. "As the Emir of al Qaeda jihadist group, I present our allegiance to you," says a man's voice, which sounds like Zawahiri's
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May 13, 2018 - In response tomoving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in a video message Zawahiri calls for resistance by Palestinians and a jihad against the US.
February 5, 2019 - Zawahiri's speech, "The Way of Salvation," is released. In the video, Zawahiri
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