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Zawahiri continues as patron; al-Qaeda command transfers to Egypt
Javed Rashid
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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RAWALPINDI: Saifal Adel (Abu Saif), one of the pioneers of al-Qaeda, has been made chief of the party Command of Control for the time being, sources told The News.


The issue of the succession of Osama bin Laden was resolved in a meeting of al-Qaeda held at an undisclosed location. However, Muhammad Mustafa Yamni is likely to be made al-Qaeda chief after the grand consultation. Yamni is currently residing in an African country.


Saifal Adel is an Egyptian and has served at key posts in Egypt forces. He worked with Ayman al-Zawahiri in the al-Jihad group of Egypt, which was reportedly formed against Anwar Sadat. The sources said Ayman al-Zawahiri would continue holding his posts of al-Qaeda patron, and the chief of the al-Qaeda Militant Command. Zawahiri will also monitor the international contacts. Earlier, Saifal Adel performed this job.


The sources said Adnan al-Kashri had been made in-charge of the general information affairs. Muhammad Nasir al-Washi Abu Nasir has been made in-charge of al-Qaeda Africa affairs, while Muhammad Adam Khan Afghani has been appointed as in-charge of Afghanistan-Waziristan affairs. The sources said Fahad al-Qava had been appointed as the Urgent Operational Commander. The command of al-Qaeda has now been transferred to Egyptians. None of sons of Osama Bin Laden has shown willingness to join any post in the al-Qaeda.