The tape made no mention of a 13 January air strike in Pakistan that targeted al-Zawahri and apparently killed four Al-Qaida leaders. Zawahri was not believed to have been among those killed. The United States has not acknowledged publicly that it carried out the raid.
The posting came one day after Al-Jazeera television broadcast an audio tape by Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden warning of pending attacks in the United States but also offering a conditional truce. The offer was immediately rejected by Washington.
(compiled from agency reports)
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)