Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden (file photo) (AFP)
21 December 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden may no longer be able to run the militant network and has not been heard from for nearly a year.
Rumsfeld said on a trip to Pakistan today that the Bush administration still considers it a priority to capture the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, who is believed to be hiding somewhere in the mountains along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
In a video interview earlier this month, Al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said that bin Laden's battle against the West was only just beginning.
Who Is Ayman al-Zawahri?
AYMAN AL-ZAWAHRI is regarded as Al-Qaeda's No. 2 authority. Although al-Zawahri is lesser known than Osama bin Laden, some observers say the deputy is just as powerful as the chief....(more)