June 16th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

Timeline of al-Zawahiri

Ayman al-Zawahiri and al Qaeda have been blamed for numerous terrorist attacks worldwide, mainly on Western targets, including the attacks of September 11, 2001, on New York and Washington that killed nearly 3,000 people. Read the full profile

Here's a timeline of some of the charges against al-Zawahiri and key points in his life:

* 1970s – al-Zawahiri works to overthrow Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and establish an Islamic state.

* 1979 – Travels to Afghanistan to offer his services as a doctor to the rebels fighting the Soviet Union.

* 1981 – After Sadat's assassination, al-Zawahiri is imprisoned on conspiracy charges. He is eventually acquitted.

* 1987 – Al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden meet for the first time, in Pakistan.

* 1995 – Travels through the U.S. on a secret fund-raising tour.

* August 6, 1998 – A fax from al-Zawahiri's group is sent to an Egyptian newspaper warning that the Islamic Jihad is seeking revenge against America for the arrest of several of its members.

* August 7, 1998 – Suicide bombers attack the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

* 1998 – The Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al Qaeda merge. Joins with bin Laden and announces the World Islamic Front for the Jihad against the Jews and the Crusaders.

* 1999 – Indicted, along with Osama Bin Laden, by a New York court for the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar-Es-Salaam.

* 1999 – Receives a death sentence, in absentia, from an Egyptian court, for an alleged plot against U.S. interests in Albania.

* September 11, 2001 – Terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

* December 2001 – U.S. attack on the al-Zawahiri family residence in Afghanistan kills al-Zawahiri's wife and three children.

* January 13, 2006 – A CIA air strike in Damadola, Pakistan, targets al-Zawahiri, but kills at least 17 other people, including 4 top al-Qaeda officials.

* May 2, 2011 – Osama bin Laden is killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

* June 8, 2011 – A new video of Zawahiri is released on Islamist websites. The video eulogizes Osama bin Laden and calls him a martyr.

Filed under: Al Qaeda • Al-Zawahiri • Terrorism
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  5. david

    ayman al-zawahiri, team 6 going to shoot that bump off your forehead,then join your buddy bin-ladin as fish food.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  6. C.Cantu

    The Devil tempted Jesus by offering Him the kingdoms, their wealth and all the pleasures of the world as long as Jesus worshiped him. Precisely that is what Islam offers to Muslim monarchs and leaders as long as they worship the Ant-Christ and do whatever it takes to keep Him above all things. Islamic monarchs owe their wealth, absolute power, their hundreds of concubines and pleasures to Satan, it is logical to maintain, glorify and expand Satan' rule over the world providing all the necessary means to his followers to execute their evil commands.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:55 am | Reply
  7. Clyde

    I'm gonna grab me a quran, stock up on some towels, porn, cheetoes etc and go find me a hole to hide out in while I recruit women, children, and clueless prairie folk who've probably never owned a tv to do my evil bidding. Because we all know that's how a true hero does it......

    June 26, 2011 at 9:48 am | Reply
  8. t

    osama almost destroyed the world of islam and will forever be remembered as the man who turned the world against muslims, his damage to the west had no impact compared to the damage he did to islamic beliefs and morals. he is a coward a traitor and was nothing more than a demon, a purly evil figure. how can you do so much damage to your own faith and people and then point your mistsakes towards others. this is how he will be remebered, not the lion of islam but the man who sought to destroy it and bring hate and embarassment to it

    June 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  9. abu ayman

    Osama is a matyr u lyk it or not.I want america to revisit the purpose of its formation.y are u being attacked always?I have a gist for u,.yu should stop this hatred on islam now and focus on your godless life.

    June 18, 2011 at 3:04 am | Reply
    • dirty

      who has hatred?? "godless life"...haha hypocrite

      June 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • s6596

      I so agree with you!!!

      The US is promoting the idea of terrorism and Islam. Where as in fact, the US and Israel are the main causes of killing innocents and causing wars. The US is using the Muslim andf Arab world and other countries to reform it's political and economical issues. So to make the public not attent to their action, they create a big hassale about the "BOOGY MAN", terrorism, and ruin the Islamists image.

      June 20, 2011 at 2:55 am | Reply
      • Bob

        You don't need US help to ruin your rep, you've done a stand up job all on your own! And I hope you're on a camel back home and not sucking off our tax perks here mop top...

        June 26, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • usamare

      The reason to get rid of the Americans is so that they will no longer be able to support the Israelis. The trouble is, the US is ten times tougher than Israel and much farther away. If you can't beat the Israelis in your own front yard, your chances of taking out the much tougher US from thousands of miles away are that much lower. The jihadists are running full steam ahead behind backwards logic. As long as they continue to do so, they'll never make any real progress. Look where all the fighting is taking place. When the US gets tired of it, they'll pull back to the safety of their bases and you'll STILL have Israel in your front yard.

      June 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • paul

      Ayman, you are one sorry bastard. I don't hate islam but I want them to be stopped and contained so that their wickedness does not spread anymore. It is punishment enough to be a muslim, slave to a lie for the rest of your miserable life; for ever praying to a false god.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      I'll read up on my religion and politics if you promise to study ENGLISH..Until then shut the h ell up hypocrit..

      June 26, 2011 at 9:39 am | Reply
  10. JOE

    I'm sure John Boehner and the GOP are inspired by Al-Zawahiri. After all, the GOP don't retreat, they always reload. That's right, they're the home grown terror network of America. I just wonder where John Boehner and the GOP would hide Al-Zawahiri? Perhaps not in Pakistan because Obama's got their number. Perhaps they would try to hide him in Libya right where they're hiding Moammar Ghadaffi from NATO. And what about Moammar Ghadaffi, a dictator who has a long history of supporting and sponsoring global terrorism? What I find so appalling is that as the UN, NATO and the world community work so vigorously to bring this tyrrant Moammar Ghadaffi aka GWB to justice, John Boehner and the GOP keep stepping in the way and providing moral, psychological and emotional support to Moammar Ghadaffi each and every day as they continue to attack and criticize president Obama for our participation in this very important UN mandated missions. I urge the American people to write to congress or go there in person and call for the impeachment of John Boehner and the Republican Party for aiding and abeting global terrorism and committing acts of treason against our democracy. Let's face it, the Republican Party is un-American and its time that the American people start speaking out against the hanous and outrageous behavior of the Republican Party.

    June 17, 2011 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • JOE's a moron

      You are delusional in your blind hate for those that don't agree with you.

      June 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  11. Gil

    Osama bin Laden is not a martyr, he's fish-food.

    June 17, 2011 at 7:50 am | Reply
  12. KawiMan

    He sure is an ugly POS. I can't imagine what skank he must have found for a wife.

    June 17, 2011 at 1:25 am | Reply
  13. pbrew

    like when them pesky little tweety birds try to mess with the hawk

    June 17, 2011 at 12:10 am | Reply
  14. ron

    You would have thought that after we killed his wife and 3 children several years ago the man would
    know what's coming next. I'll never understand these people.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  15. howard

    This guy's no Bin Laden

    June 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  16. Mark L.

    Ayman al-Zawahiri – "YOU'RE NEXT !!" The GREATEST Country in the World, along with the GREATEST Intelligence and Military in the World (i.e. – CIA / US NAVY SEALS) are COMING TO GET YOU !!

    June 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • U2ovrUS

      Shhhsssss...not so loud...

      June 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  17. Clark

    Looks like al qaedas not as tough as they thought!

    June 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply

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